The Gardner’s Cottage Edinburgh


Birthday dinner has to be good doesn’t it? Especially a 30th birthday dinner. You need to ease yourself into a new decade with a little bit of something nice. It’s okay that you a teetering on the brink of your 30s when there’s fresh-baked sourdough bread with a buttery crab spread and chocolate cake at the end. I can handle being four decades old if this is how it starts!





Matt took me to the Gardner’s Cottage in Edinburgh for a delicious introduction to my 30s. Gardner’s Cottage is part of the farm-to-table movement, but not because it’s hopping on the bandwagon in a fad-y way. The building used to literally be the gardner’s cottage and they use the bits and bobs they grow in their garden in most of their dishes. So apart from being lovely to look at, environmentally friendly, locally-sourced, and very healthy, it’s some of the most delicious food I’ve ever had. And for 7 set courses at £30, it’s a steal of a deal.really and truly.

And like any respectable blogger (and annoying dining companion) I took (discreet) photos of every single course:









Dear Cath,

It was terrible, terrible, terrible (times infinity!) to spend our 30th apart, but I can not tell you how much this meal eased my pain. When you and Troy are next in Edinburgh we will have to go. It’s a lot lighter than a lot of the massive dinners you guys go to, but so, so, so delicious. I wish I could send you some of that crab and fresh baked sourdough via Royal Mail. Sooooo amazing.

Also, can you tell I love that pink dress? I was beginning to worry I shouldn’t have bought it. Barbie Pink? Summer dress in Edinburgh? Peter Pan collar?! Not practical and not too “me” but it’s my favorite thing now and makes me so happy every time I see it. I actually hang it on the back of our door so I see it every day. The color makes me so happy.

Hope you are having a lovely start to the week!

Love you so much, fellow 30-year-old,


9 thoughts on “The Gardner’s Cottage Edinburgh”

  1. Your discreet pictures are better than pictures I take in “the open” 🙂 Dinner looks lovely!! Hope both of you had a fabulous 30th!!!

    *On my 30th, I got home from being overseas, went straight to my parents place and went to bed at 8pm due to “jet lag” but really it was just misery at turning 30. 😉

  2. I can’t wait to try it out next time I’m in Edinburgh – although I definitely won’t be as cutely dressed as you were! You have such a good eye for clothes. I would have never picked up that dress in a million years, but I love it!

    It’s such a shame we weren’t together on our 30 that we really are going to have to go all out in Italy to make up for it! I can’t wait!
    xoxo, Cath

  3. That dinner looks really yummy and indeed a fab deal for £30! Will have to put that on my list of places to visit next time I’m in Edinburgh! Glad you both had a good 30th birthday and have eased into it hapily enough 🙂

  4. Happy birthday, you two! This meal looks amazing! Even the rabbit salad, which, I must admit, when I first saw it on the menu, I raised an eyebrow. Love your pretty-in-pink dress, as well. I hope you’re as cool and collected about this new decade as you look in the pictures. I had a bit of a freak out when I turned a quarter of a century, so am hoping 30 will be smooth sailing.

  5. Nice camera work. Someone remarked that food photos are the new way of saying grace, expressions of gratitude for our good fortune and appreciation of the artistry on our plates.

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