This family-run Old Town restaurant takes a Nordic-inspired approach, sourcing all its ingredients ‘ultra-locally’
Edinburgh’s restaurant scene has boomed in the past few years, and there’s a lot to love at this family-run spot. Oldest son Ben Radford heads up the kitchen, with his siblings and parents Andrew and Lisa leading the restaurant team.
The Radfords opened Timberyard after taking over a former warehouse in 2012, converting it into a shabby-chic space with whitewashed brick walls, wooden floors and a bare-bones décor. It’s a stripped-back yet welcoming space, with a south facing yard that catches the sunshine and a wood burning stove for the winter.
There’s more than a hint of Scandinavian influence in the menu too, which focuses on produce from small, local artisan growers, foragers and farmers. The restaurant also has its own raised beds where fresh herbs and edible flowers are grown for the kitchen and bar.
Lunch and dinner à la carte menus are served Tuesday to Saturday, with a choice of well-priced dishes starting at £1.50 for bread and cultured butter; followed by razor clams with vermouth, herbs and garlic (£8.50); and a rum soaked carrot and walnut cake (£7.50). The priciest dish is glazed hake with sea kale and grilled leeks, for £14. A set five-course lunch menu or four-course dinner menu costs £40 and £56 respectively without drinks pairings, and there’s also an eight-course vegetarian menu and six-course pescatarian menu available in the evenings.
The drinks list is extensive, ranging from pine sap Negronis to 750ml growlers of beer to share and shots of Nordic spirit Aquavit.