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The Howgate Restaurant

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

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  • 183
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 9
    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
welcoming and great food

We were here as the only group in the evening after a busy day in the restaurant. There was a really pleasant atmosphere and we were made very welcome and had a great time. The waitress was attentive and the host really helpful and interesting. We had fish dishes and an excellent steak. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Welshtraveller005
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Cardiff
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Have been to the restaurant several times now, food is always of good quality. I feel that there is no flexibility within the restaurant environment. You have to have your meal ordered within a set period of time as if on a conveyor belt. Sometimes customers need to talk and order within fifteen than five minutes. Waiter was abrupt and... More 

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Edinburgh
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had not been out to the Howgate for quite a while and whilst our visit was pleasant, well.... The staff were very, very good. The food, not quite up to scratch. Fish cakes were tasteless and too solid. The turkey pie soggy on the bottom but sauce was good. Basically the kitchen has to sharpen up it's act. For... More 

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

Many thanks for placing your recent review. We too are disappointed that we did not deliver for you on the food front. We do put our utmost effort into ensuring that we have happy customers all round, and at this stage can only apologise that we did not achieve this on this occasion. We do hope to be able to... More 

Cardiff
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We were here as the only group in the evening after a busy day in the restaurant. There was a really pleasant atmosphere and we were made very welcome and had a great time. The waitress was attentive and the host really helpful and interesting. We had fish dishes and an excellent steak. The puddings were a delight. We thought... More 

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

Many thanks for posting your Five Star review! We are delighted we were able to take care of you all, and hope we provided a fitting finale to what sounded like a fun and hectic week-end! We would be delighted to see look after you again if you in our part of the world. Thank You. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I'm a huge fan of this restaurant,myself and my partner have been on many occasions, the atmosphere the friendliness of the staff is a joy. The food is of a high standard all executed perfectly without excessive prices

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

Many thanks for taking the time to share your comments! We are delighted you enjoy what we do and look forward to taking care of you again soon! More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I eat hear fairly regularly, and can honestly say it's one of the most consistent eateries I have ever frequented. It's easily head and shoulders above any other Penicuik restaurant, and more than worth the marginally higher costs. The menu (aside from specials) hasn't changed much over the years, but why change a winning formula? This is why I don't... More 

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

Delighted to hear how much you enjoy our style of cooking and the range of dishes we offer! Many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and we look forward to taking care of you again soon! More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I've dined here many times and always thought the quality of the food was pretty good. One of my favourite dishes was the steak (a bit pricey, but I thought it was worth it). However, the last time we went to Howgate my steak had clearly gone off (two different people tried and agreed) and I had to send it... More 

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

We are as disappointed to read your comments as we appreciate you must have been to write them. We do pride ourselves on the quality of food we serve and do everything with-in our abilities to ensure that all our customers enjoy, and are more than happy with, our service. On this occasion we can only apologise that we have... More 

Scotland
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

my partner and I called in for the first time on Saturday lunch time returning from peebles,the staff were very polite and friendly.food was excellent.will return very soon.

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

Many thanks for placing your review. We are delighted you discovered us and enjoyed what we offer! We look forward to taking care of you again as soon as it may be convenient. More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Service was very good, atmosphere was also very good. I can't eat gluten so the food choices were quite limited but the staff were very helpful in finding something that I liked.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and that we were able to organise an appropriate meal for you. We hope to be able to oblige again soon! Thank you for taking the time to post your review. More 

Beverley, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Booked here towards the end of our holiday and wish we'd tried it sooner so we could have returned. Excellent menu with plenty of variety at reasonable prices. The food was lovely, well presented and served on piping hot plates. The website is particularly good and the service was just exceptional. Well worth the drive out.

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

Many thanks for making the trip out to see us and we are delighted we were able to make it worth your while! We do hope to be able to look after you again when you are in this part of the world. More 

Montrose
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A spontaneous visit, prompted when driving past and seeing their website on getting back to our holiday cottage. The website is excellent and accurately reflects the restaurant. The restaurant is in an old cottage or set of cottages. There is ample parking. Inside the restaurant is well laid out and not too crowded. There were only two waiting staff but... More 

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

Many thanks for all of your positive comments regarding your recent visit to us. We are very pleased you discovered us while in the area and delighted to see the Web-Site did it's job!! We do hope to be able to take care of you again if you are back in Mid-Lothian. 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: Doing business, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?