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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
Open now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 155
    Excellent
  • 47
    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
Most recent review
A hidden gem

We have been going to The Howgate for a long time now. What do we like? The main staff have been there a long time. You are welcomed warmly and staff are attentive . Food is good, varied and always served piping hot . We have had several family celebrations here and I could not fault them for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
susiesunshine53
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Scotland UK
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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212 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Scotland UK
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been going to The Howgate for a long time now. What do we like? The main staff have been there a long time. You are welcomed warmly and staff are attentive . Food is good, varied and always served piping hot . We have had several family celebrations here and I could not fault them for making sure... More 

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

Very many thanks for your vote(s) of confidence!! We very much appreciate your continued support and look forward to taking care of you again very soon! More 

Groveland, CA
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

We come to Edinburgh once a year and always have dinner with the same friends at the Howgate. Peter and his associates provide a warm welcome and there's a truly friendly atmosphere. The food is Scottish, non-pretentious and enormously satisfying. The waitstaff here know their business and they've been welcoming people for years. Our starters were two covers of fish... More 

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

We were delighted to see you all again and glad to be still as you remember us!! Many thanks for posting your review and we look forward to seeing you next year! More 

Dunbar, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Warm welcome, varied lunch menu, attentive friendly staff who altered menu to suit diner with food allergy. Did not have separate kids menu but have options for smaller portions off the main menu which we liked. Fresh good food. Will definitely be back here.

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit! We were delighted to take care of your requirements and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Cangothere
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch here on Sunday, food cooked beautifully, service excellent, can't ask for much more!

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

Great to hear you enjoyed your visit again on Sunday! Many thanks for taking the time to post your five star review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Hadn't been to the Howgate for years so thought we would try the 2 course special menu, I don't think the quality or value could be better, tasteful Brie in Filo pastry to start with and Pheasant and Haggis on a Chive mash was delicious , I can understand why it was so busy and the need to book! Great... More 

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

We are delighted to hear you "rediscovered" us and that you enjoyed our Set Menu. We hope to see you again soon and take good care of you once again! More 

Penicuik, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Been a few months since the last time but a wee voucher frae the loon helped. We're usually lunchtime visitors but this time it was early evening...dark, and the table candles provided a warming and dare I say it, a romantic atmosphere! But to the grub. Our problem is that we can't get beyond the steak pie! Every time we... More 

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

Many thanks for posting another review with TripAdvisor after your recent visit! We are very glad you enjoyed once again! We appreciate your regular support and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The Howgate is a lovely little restaurant with a warm welcome and a good selection of classic Scottish dishes. Both our main course and our desserts were excellent - the Sticky Toffee pudding with Luca's vanilla ice-cream deserves a special mention - and the menu offers plenty of choice for both vegetarians and those with smaller appetites. In short, The... More 

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

Many thanks for taking the time to post your recent review! We are delighted you enjoyed the range of our menu and look forward to being able to take care of you again soon! More 

Wigton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

First visit for a celebratory meal with close family. Excellent service and food. Attention to detail was apparent. All courses were served beautifully, though my own main course was delayed, that said the apologies were profuse and the delay was not an issue. Enough choice to allow options, but not too much to consider. The ambiance was perfect for the... More 

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

Very many thanks for your five star review of your recent visit to us! We are all delighted you enjoyed everything, and hope that we will have the opportunity to look after you again soon! More 

Edinburgh
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

First visit to The Howgate and I certainly will be making a return visit. Good choice of menu and quality of food is excellent. Found the staff very friendly and liked the decor and atmosphere. Would most definitely recommend

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

We are delighted to hear that you discovered us for the first time, and very much look forward to taking care of you again soon! Recommendations by our customers are always very much appreciated! Thank you! More 

Chorley, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Called in on the off chance for an early evening meal. We received a very warm welcome! Service was very prompt and we were told everything was cooked to order from fresh. Whilst we were waiting crusty fresh bread was served. There wasn't a children's menu but you could order smaller portions from the main menu. Perhaps there could be... More 

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

Delighted to hear you found us and all enjoyed what we offer! We hope to be able to look after you all again if you are back in the area! 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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?