I’ve wanted to visit Timberyard since it opened and I eventually got my chance at the end of January for our Wedding Anniversary. It’s located on Lady Lawson Street in what was the old Lawson’s Timberyard; a red wooden garage door hides the restaurant and you could easily walk past and not realise it was there.
We were early for our table so decided to sit by the roaring wood burning stove, while we enjoyed some pre-dinner cocktails. I went for the special of the day which was Plum Pop, made with Gin, Plum, Cherry Vinegar, Thyme and Soda, very refreshing and definitely too drinkable! Stuart being a whisky lover had to go for the Auld Reekie, which was Whisky, Golden Syrup, Orange, and….smoke! The glass came upside down with its own smoking wood chips which was very cool!
The restaurant itself is spacious, well lit and had a nice buzz of people enjoying themselves for the evening. The bar area is nice, with the cosy fire, which was very much needed the cold, wet night we visited.
The menu at Timberyard is not vast, with 3 choices for each course one of which was a veggie dish, but the ingredients are fresh and seasonal. As we sat down we were given a basket of warm fresh bread and whipped butter served with Juniper Toasted Pepper and Lavar Sea Salt to sprinkle over the top. Along with a bottle of Timberyards own filter and bottled water. A very nice touch to start off the meal.
Now onto the food! For our ‘Bite’ Course I went for the Butter Langoustine, fennel, tarragon and cream. It was so tasty and nicely balanced. I could have just had this for all my courses! Stuart went for the Cured Beef with Smoked Bone Marrow and Quails Egg which arrived creatively presented, and which I could tell was delicious as not a word was spoken!
For the ‘Small’ Course, I stuck with the fish theme and had the Grilled Plaice with Shrimp, Artichoke, Fennel, Sea Purslane, Potato and Samphire. Again a really tasty dish, the fish was just cooked perfectly. Stuart went gamey on this course and went for the Pigeon, Carrot, Apple,Celeriac and Beetroot. The Pigeon was cooked just right and got the big thumbs up!
Now onto the main event, the ‘Large Course’. I opted for the veggie option of Carrot, Parsley Root, Smoked Mushrooms, Sprouts and Stout. This was a tasty colourful dish, and a nice change from the standard boring veggie options that you usually end up with! Stuart kept with the game and went with the Red Deer, Cabbage, Squash, Cauliflower, Potato and Salsify, again beautifully cooked and very tasty.
And finally – the ‘Sweet’ course, I was certainly going to make room for this! I went for the Chocolate Marshmallow, Oats, Milk and Fig paired with a glass of Sipsmith Damson vodka. The chocolate element came in the form of a tasty oozy chocolate fondant, with a good dollop of ice cream on top and a mousse on the side. The toasted marshmallows were very good, and all went well with the Vodka! Stuart had the cheese board which came with a good selection of Cheese and some tasty crackers and pear jelly to accompany. He washed this down with a glass of Somerset Pomona.
We had a great evening at Timberyard. with great food and service. I look forward to returning again soon as they change their menu and I am curious to see what else they have up their sleeves! As its a popular spot I would recommend booking ahead, it can be done online via their website.