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The Howgate Restaurant

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Howgate Village, Penicuik EH26 8PY, Scotland
01968670000
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 163
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Style and quality

What a lovely restaurant The Howgate is, in the village of that name. Our first visit but certainly not our last to sample a classy menu, prepared to perfection if our Sunday lunch was anything to go by. It was clear the staff and management take pride in their restaurant and the service was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
DandJNewcastle
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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222 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
179 reviews 179 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

What a lovely restaurant The Howgate is, in the village of that name. Our first visit but certainly not our last to sample a classy menu, prepared to perfection if our Sunday lunch was anything to go by. It was clear the staff and management take pride in their restaurant and the service was excellent. The ambiance is charming in... More 

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for placing your review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed what we offer and will be equally delighted to take care of you again on another suitable occasion! More 

Scottish Borders, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Visited again recently to celebrate a birthday. The staff are always friendly and welcoming and the food is always good. Their special offers also help to make the occasion more affordable. The food was good and everyone enjoyed their meal. With the decline of the Old Bakehouse, this has become our favourite local restaurant - it is just a shame... More 

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for posting your positive review! We are delighted you enjoyed your birthday celebration and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was our first time at the howgate restaurant & it won't be our last. The service was first class, the restaurant itself is stunning with a beautiful table setup & the atmosphere was perfect. We were a table of six & all of us were delighted with our meal. The portions were a perfect size and we didn't wait... More 

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks taking the time to find us and for your positive feedback!! We all enjoyed taking care of you and look forward to being able to do so again sometime soon! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This was a double celebration dinner for 5 of us - my wife's birthday and her retirement. We travelled from Edinburgh to visit the Howgate because we all love this place and have visited it many times over the years and never been disappointed. The first thing you notice is the welcome from the staff who are first class by... More 

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to place such a positive review! We really appreciate your continued support and the fact that you are happy to travel out to see us. We are delighted to have contributed to your family celebrations and look forward to taking care of you again as soon as it may be convenient. More 

Esher, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Having been visiting the area for a number of years we are surprised that we have only just come across this splendid restaurant, the Howgate near Penicuik. The excellent management achieve all the things which are necessary in such a restaurant, the building is warm, pleasant and friendly, the menu is wide ranging, with something to suit all tastes, The... More 

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Very many thanks for all your positive comments after your visit to us last night! It was a pleasure to meet you both and we do look forward to taking care of you again as soon as it is convenient! More 

Edinburgh
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Ate there last night and it was a beautiful meal. Service was faultless also, very attentive staff you never needed to ask for anything it was always there. Empty glasses removed immediately etc. First Class.

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Very many thanks for taking the time to place such a positive review! We all really appreciate it, and are so glad you enjoyed your evening on Saturday. We hope to be able to look after you again very soon! More 

United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

An excellent meal in an excellent restaurant, service was excellent as was the standard of the meals served.

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to place your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More 

Peebles Scotland
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great menu, lots of interesting dishes. Good wine list and house champagne is great. Nice atmosphere with friendly staff.

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

We were all delighted to help you celebrate your Wedding Anniversary with us and very glad you all enjoyed your evening! We hope to be able to look after you again before your next anniversary!!! many thanks for taking the time to place your review. More 

Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Had a beautiful meal here with my other half. Food was delicious. Great price for fantastic food. Lovely atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to place your five star review (with the enthusiastic title !!) on Trip Advisor. We are delighted you both enjoyed your meal with us and hope to be able to take care of you again soon! More 

Scotland, UK
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Food, service and surroundings all perfect making a great family Easter Sunday evening. From the moment we arrived till we left, the service was excellent and the extra attention to my Mother in laws Gluten issues was much appreciated. Definitely would recommend and will be back soon.

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HowgateRestaurant13, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

We are naturally delighted to hear that you all enjoyed your Easter family gathering with us and very much appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on Trip Advisor. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Howgate Village, Penicuik EH26 8PY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Midlothian  >  Penicuik
  • Phone Number: 01968670000

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?