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Edinburgh Restaurant Showcases Scotland’s Culinary Strength

Edinburgh Restaurant Showcases Scotland’s Culinary Strength


As Scotland’s signature purple heather faded from the hills, signaling the end of summer, another symbol marked the scenery: the blue and white “Yes” signs supporting independence from the United Kingdom. The debate over whether Scotland could stand on its own formed a poignant backdrop to my food tour of the country, where I discovered a cuisine that impressed and surprised at every turn. As I traveled from restaurant to dairy farm, coffee shop to fishing boat, everything I tasted proved, if one could judge by its food alone, that Scotland is a force to be reckoned with.

To outsiders, what it means to be Scottish has often been narrowly defined in culinary terms. “I imagine many people think first of haggis, fish and chips, and all things deep-fried,” says Helena Edwards of The Gardener’s Cottage in Edinburgh, adding, “but there is so much more than that!” While the reputation of Scottish cuisine hasn’t always paid tribute to the quality of food that its shores are home to, that has changed in recent years with a renewed focus on local and seasonal cooking. From restaurants like Field or The Three Chimneys, to Gardener’s Cottage, Monachyle Mhor, or the Isle of Eriska Restaurant , chefs are showcasing the country’s larder in a uniquely Scottish way.

Nowhere is this mission better executed than at Timberyard in Edinburgh. Restaurant veterans Andrew and Lisa Radford opened the restaurant as a family affair: eldest son Ben is the chef, younger brother Jo runs the bar, and sister Amy does the marketing. The space is a study in transformation. Once an abandoned timber warehouse, today it’s an expansive, light-filled room, with an adjoining courtyard, herb patch, and converted shed for private dining. The kitchen does its own smoking, drying, butchering, and foraging, and the bar could stand alone as one of the most innovative watering holes in Edinburgh.

Above all, the focus at Timberyard is on the ingredients. Organized into four sections — bite, small, large, and sweet — the menu is a simple presentation of the elements in each dish. “Scallop, smoked roe, potato, dill,” reads one item. “Red deer, elderberry, cabbage, celeriac, tarragon, chanterelle, salsify.” That same approach is taken with the beverages: “We want to take the focus away from the base spirit and bring more focus on the ingredients,” Joe Radford explains. Both the food and drinks make use of seasonal ingredients from local producers, seamlessly blending together both tradition and obscurity.

“There are many great restaurants in Scotland and Edinburgh, but a lot are based on classical French cuisine, and the dishes are quite heavy,” owner Andrew Radford says. “Ben takes what is good and in season, but handles it lightly, producing on the plate what is very simple yet technically excellent.” Artful though its presentation may be, the food at Timberyard is never so complicated as to overshadow the nuances of Scotland’s seasonal bounty. Though you might taste the influences of new Nordic, contemporary, or French cuisines, the food at Timberyard evades simple categorization. Above all, you can taste a sense of place.

“Scotland has tremendous resources that the world wants,” argued one BBC commentator in favor of Scottish independence on the eve of my meal at Timberyard. Across the spectrum I heard chefs echo this claim. “There are producers all over Scotland rivaling those from all over the world; this is what Scottish food culture should be about,” says Ross Stovold, head chef at the Isle of Eriska Restaurant. What it means to be Scottish hasn’t been simple to define these days, which might explain why people like the Radfords let the ingredients speak for themselves.

“The seasons guide us, because Scotland is an abundant larder,” Andrew says.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


Jupiter Artland announce exciting new partnership with Edinburgh restaurant Fhior

Jupiter Artland has created a partnership with modern Scottish restaurant Fhior to launch a new seasonal menu in Café Party, the park's in house eatery.

Headed up by Scott and Laura Smith, Fhior (from the Gaelic for true or honest) is known for its modern, hyper-seasonal menus that reflect a dedication to sustainable practice alongside culinary excellence.

The Café Party menu will follow this ethos and reflect the changing seasons by showcasing the very best in local produce. Originally opened in 2017, Café Party is a permanent commission by Swiss artist and Glasgow School of Art graduate, Nicolas Party and offers visitors a fantastical and unique experience when dining at Jupiter which includes specially designed crockery, furniture and large vivid wall paintings all heavily influenced by Parisian bistros.

Co-owner of Fhior, Laura Smith said: “A collaboration in this sense is something very different for us and will take us into new territory. We will be providing highly accessible and vibrant café food that can be enjoyed by everyone.

"We feel very lucky that our first journey into this area of our business is with Jupiter Artland. Nicky and the team at Jupiter are incredibly inspiring with their energy and ambition to continually grow and develop, and we are honoured to now be a part of this journey.”

On Sunday 26 May, Sunday 9 June and Sunday 14 July Fhior will host a series of bespoke evening dinners at Café Party that will showcase the seasonal cuisine they have become so well known for.

Founded by philanthropist art collectors Nicky and Robert Wilson in 2009, Jupiter Artland is home to five galleries and an expansive outdoor sculpture collection featuring 35 permanent site-specific commissioned artworks from some of the world's most significant artists including Antony Gormley, Charles Jencks, AnishKapoor and Phyllida Barlow.

Set within the 100 acre grounds of Bonnington House, a 17th centuryJacobean Manor House, the park was recently named as a 5-Star Visitor Attraction by VisitScotland.


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