The John Hope Gateway
Award winning sustainable building - Home to
the Gateway Restaurant.
building was opened in October 2009. Designed by
, it has been built with sustainability in
mind and to that end, has many award winning and inspirational
within its design and construction.
The main purpose of the building is to provide a centre of
interpretation for visitors to the Garden, outlining the main focuses
of the Garden's scientific, research and horticultural teams and
providing a window into the world of botany and biodiversity. The
building hosts exhibitions and events for all ages throughout the year
and is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The building acts as the main west gate
entrance to the Garden
and from within, visitors are able to meander through the shop and exhibitions
on the ground floor before ascending our unusual spiral
(or lift) to the restaurant area on the first floor.
The Gateway Restaurant
The Gateway Restaurant is an integral part of our visitor experience,
with our menu
and relaxed service perfectly complementing the award winning
architecture and stunning views out into the Garden. The tables in our
restaurant were designed and created by local furniture designer Ben
, their unusual design is enhanced by the fact they are
made from Beech, Oak, Ash or Sycamore sourced within Scotland. The
restaurant is hardly noticeably separated from the outside Garden by a
30 meter long wall of glass complete with french doors opening out on
to a lovely decked area. The decking provides alfresco seating for an
additional visitors during the day whilst providing a superb outdoor
covered space for evening barbecues and other events all year round
overlooking the Biodiversity Garden.
The restaurant opens daily for breakfast at 10am with lunches served
from midday and a sumptuous afternoon available from 2.30pm daily, all
our food is prepared fresh on the premises by our kitchen team led by
and served to your table.
Our menus created by Ben
, make full use of the
produce available on our doorstep, with Red Tractor
meat products from across Scotland, seafood from around the Scottish
coast and fresh berries in the Summer from Perthshire.
We cannot think of anything more "on
" than the fresh vegetables, salad leaves and
fruit we use all year round directly from right here in the Garden, in
addition to our strong relationship with the Edible
, who supply us with many well known but also
unusual varieties; we are also able to forage through the Garden for
fruit during the late Summer and Autumn. Ben's Crab apple jelly is
well worth waiting for.
The restaurant has a well stocked bar, with a selection of locally
and good range of wines, spirits and aperitifs.
To book a table in the restaurant, please call us on 0131
or email us
The Gateway for Events
After the Garden closes each day; the John Hope Gateway can be
transformed into a first class events complex, the ground floor
becomes a significant reception space complete with its exhibits and
presentations and can be utilised for as a dining space also.
The restaurant can be set up in a host of different layouts to meet
the needs of any style or type of event, complete with the ability to
extend your event and its footprint out onto the decking and beyond
whilst also utilising the additional spaces at our disposal.
How to find us:
- the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - pdf