- 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.
- Average price £20 (set lunch); £55 four courses (£40 for paired drinks); £65 six courses (£60 paired drinks); £75 eight courses (£75 paired drinks).
- Pre-theatre price £20 for three courses
- Website www.timberyard.co
The style: cool warehouse conversion. The substance: professionally presented home-grown produce and impeccably sourced ingredients.
There’s no doubt the fixed-menu no-choice approach has its critics: perhaps that’s why Timberyard has ever so slightly tweaked the concept. Here you select a four, six or eight course menu, with two choices of dishes in the four course and one choice in the six. It feels a little more user-friendly, a little bit lighter. This light touch plays out in the stunning space (a soaring ceiling, an oversized door and no interior walls) as well as on the plate. A raw scallop, thinly sliced and served with tiny dice of apple and kohlrabi is clean eating as clean eating should be – an appreciation of texture, flavour and balance. At the other end of the menu, rhubarb with sheep’s yoghurt is everything that the words ‘milk pudding’ conjure up; a comforting lactic cuddle. The menu changes constantly – dishes are tweaked here as others are introduced there – and there’s a real commitment to sustainability. Hyper-local sourcing, low food miles and making the most of what’s on the doorstep means pickles aplenty in the winter and no citrus fruit in the G&T. That this also feels right and light is entirely to Timberyard’s credit.
- High point: The absolute boldness of serving raw scallop
- Low point: It's a bit of a clump down to the loos
- 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
- Capacity: 65 (30 outdoors)
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
- House wine: £28 per bottle
Reviews & features
Andrew and Lisa Radford's new venture Timberyard showcases their singular vision18 Sep 2012
Discovered by Andrew and Lisa Radford after they’d drawn breath from the closure of Atrium and Blue in early 2011, the old Lawson’s timber store near the art college has been coaxed from dusty obscurity in the past few months. An intriguing warehouse…