10 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS
  • Telephone 0131 221 1222
  • Bar open Tue–Sat noon–1am. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 5.30–6pm.
  • Pre-theatre price À la carte, as per lunch above
  • Email
  • Website www.timberyard.co
Photo of Timberyard

credit: Ailidh Forlan

Achingly cool dining that’s daringly different and delicious.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Industrial chic is not a phrase often associated with Edinburgh dining but Timberyard exudes it with confidence. The space soars, exposed brick is rough, fittings are cool utilitarian, modern sculpture perches where it sees fit. And yet it all feels so comfortable, so at ease. Probably because every detail is considered but without feeling weighty. The butchery, the smokery, the herb garden are all on site. Vegetables are pickled, syrups are drawn, local foraging and seasonality are by-words. Tasting menus define dining here; four, six or eight courses, potentially paired with drinks from an incredible wine, beer and cocktail offering. Unusually, vegans and vegetarians are catered for with just as much vibrancy. Artichoke, enriched with morels, truffle and wood blewit, is a far cry from the typical lentil salad option. Ox tartare, bound by rich duck yolk, is earthy, rich and cut by bitter sorrel, while coral-pink trout gleams in its shallow bath of yogurt with crow garlic. Portions are delicate but diners will be delectably sated along the road to epicurean Oz.

The List's rating






Courtney Hyde Peyton visited Timberyard on 14 March 2018
  • High point: The sheer joy with which ingredients are encountered and explored
  • Low point: Not affording all that you’d love to try on the wine list
  • Notable dish: Ox tartare
  • Average price: £40.00 for five courses (set lunch); £56.00 for four courses, £67.00 for six courses, £78 for eight courses (set dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 10 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Cool background music
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
  • House wine: £25 per bottle

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