The Larder Café & Restaurant at Whitmuir
- Telephone 01968 661147
- Opening times Mon–Sun 10am–5pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun 10am–4.30pm.
- Website www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/larder-whitmuir
Farm-based café restaurant, with companion organic foodhall.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With farm trails, an art gallery, plant shop and a wholehearted commitment to organic food both in its food hall and on the menu in the café, Whitmuir is a place where farming, culture and an enjoyment of the countryside happily mingle. The restaurant, now run by Edinburgh Larder, is bright and spacious with a cheery log burning stove and views up the hillside from the tables on the terrace outside. Breakfast sausage and bacon and lunchtime spicy lamb and pumpkin stovies make full use of farm-reared meat while celeriac and parsnip gratin is a typically tasty meat-free choice. The sweet counter is well stocked including gluten-free orange and polenta cake. The ethos of food with a conscience extends to drinks, with even cola being fair trade and organic.
A dynamic driving force in making organic farming relevant and accessible, Pete Ritchie and Heather Anderson's mixed farm north-west of Peebles now has one of Scotland's best-stocked organic farm shops with over 30 seasonal home-grown vegetables alongside herbs, fruit and farm-reared beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey. Altogether, Whitmuir's food hall sells over 250 lines of organic products, from cotton baby clothes to cosmetics. Alongside is a café-restaurant with a menu rich in farm-produced ingredients with an impressive range of daily specials; open daily, they also run an evening menu once a month. 'At Whitmuir we want to change the way people think about food, because it has become so divorced from the people who grow it, and how and where it is grown,' explains Anderson. And the couple are succeeding too: Whitmuir won the Best Organic Retailer at the UK Natural and Organic Awards 2011.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Live entertainment: Talks and meetings on selected evenings
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £14 per bottle