• Kaitlyn Chatwood

Royal Botanic Treats Underway

The Royal Botanic Garden has always been one of Edinburgh’s main attractions. From the conservation glasshouses, to the rock garden, to general British greenery inhabited with many a friendly squirrel, it is a beautiful, peaceful place in the heart of the city. Since the gardens are extensive with two access gates, there is a quiet corner for everyone to enjoy. With this mind, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh will begin a three-year partnership with Heritage Portfolio to transform the Garden’s dining spaces.

Heritage Portfolio is a specialist catering and events brand who work all over the UK, with a strong presence here in Scotland. Their venues include Mansfield Traquair, Perth and Musselburgh Racecourses, Holyrood Palace and several Scottish Galleries. With such a plethora of acclaimed tourist attractions, it is no wonder they have been picked to renovate the Garden’s menu.

What they offer is only the best. Heritage Portfolio has a ‘made from scratch’ principle where every dish is prepared on the day using high quality, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The magic ingredients that our sister publication, Taste Magazine, loves so much. One of the ‘local sources’ is about as close as you can get as ingredients will come from the Kitchen Garden based at the John Hope Gateway. Savoury dishes will include salads, sandwiches and classic gourmet sausage rolls. There will be an in-house bakery at the Terrace (located at the centre of the Garden) where various treats such as cakes and desserts will be available. They will also continue to serve the signature Botanical Afternoon Tea so fans of this sweet delight will not miss out.

Mark Miller, Executive Director of Heritage Portfolio, said: “At Heritage Portfolio, we are passionate about good food and bringing people together to create long lasting memories. Fresh food, seasonal ingredients and delicious treats are at the heart of our new menus for both the Terrace and the Gateway. We’re so excited to welcome visitors back to enjoying delightful dishes, surrounded by the beautiful, lush scenery that the Gardens has to offer.”

Not only is the company updating the menu, but also the locations. The Terrace has been given a new look inspired by the lush colour palette of the Garden. This outdoor café is a particularly lovely spot to enjoy the beauty of the garden as it overlooks Inverleith House Lawn and has a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle.

Director of Enterprise and Communication at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Kari Coghill said: “Enjoying a coffee or a meal in one of our cafes is an integral part of a trip to the Botanics for many of our visitors, whether they are local, from other parts of the UK or from overseas. I’m delighted to have Heritage Portfolio on board as our exclusive caterers and look forward to working with them to deliver a fresh new food offer. The transformation of our two main cafes will allow us to highlight the Garden’s sustainability, seasonality and local suppliers – including produce grown on site in our own Kitchen Garden.”

We cannot wait.