Lunch at Restoration Yard, Dalkeith*

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Dalkeith’s Restoration Yard has been a real favourite of mine since it opened. Far enough away from Edinburgh to feel like a bit of a day out to visit, but close enough to be convenient Restoration Yard mixes the best of food, beauty, lifestyle and fashion, all in one (very photogenic) package. If you’re lucky enough to have a dog that needs walked, there are rolling parklands around Dalkeith House (an absolutely stunning country house) whilst little people can run off any extra energy at Scotland’s finest treehouse – Fort Douglas. We were feeling a like a bit of indulgence though, so we headed to the Restoration Cafe for lunch.

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Having just released a brand new lunch menu, our timing couldn’t have been better! The Restoration Cafe aim to source as much local produce as possible, and neither of us could resist ordering the beef Restoration Burgers (£14.75). Coming in a pretzel bun (my favourite, and something rarely seen outside the US) along with a fresh salad and hand cut chunky chips, this was a meal to be savoured!

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Grilled to perfection, the burger was smothered in oozing cheddar, and would make the perfect antidote to post-walk munchies. The fresh salad served alongside cut through the richness of the dish, whilst the chips were piping hot and perfectly crisp.

We couldn’t resist trying a couple of side dishes, so opted for a bowl of Buttered Veg (£3.50) and an RY Salad (£4). Both absolutely delicious – the veg was a perfect mix of green beans, courgette and broccoli, whilst the RY Salad felt like summer in a dish thanks to the heirloom tomatoes, hunks of beetroot and lettuce leaves.

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Even though we had absolutely stuffed ourselves on burgers, we couldn’t resist the dessert menu. After chatting over fresh mint teas, we made our choice – Restoration Cheesecake with ice cream (£6.25) and Orange and White Chocolate Panna Cotta (£6.45).

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Served alongside strawberries and some homemade shortbread rounds, the Orange and White Chocolate Panna Cotta was a study in indulgence.

Wonderfully rich and creamy, the panda cotta was silky smooth, and I loved the richness of white chocolate contrasting with the freshness of orange and fresh berries. The shortbread melted in the mouth, and the whole dish felt perfect for summer.

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I couldn’t resist a slice of Restoration Cheesecake served alongside a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I think the type of cheesecake might vary by the day, but when we popped in it was Vanilla and Raspberry. I had been craving a proper pudding for weeks, so this certainly fit the bill!

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Despite looking quite hefty (who are we kidding? It was a huge slice!) the cheesecake was incredibly light, with clouds of cream cheese sitting atop of a salted biscuity base. The raspberries on top were suspended in a crystal-clear jelly, alongside a scoop of the most delicious vanilla bean ice-cream. It was the most indulgent way to end a meal, and it was so fun to be able to relax, enjoy some incredible food, then enjoy a little shopping after our meal.

Thank you so much Restoration Yard for having us! You can find out more about Restoration Yard here.

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