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The Howgate Restaurant

Howgate Village, Penicuik EH26 8PY, Scotland
01968670000
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Ranked #1 of 22 Restaurants in Penicuik
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My husband and I went here today for the first time after hearing loads of good reviews but never getting round to going. We went for an early lunch and were greeted at the door by a smartly dressed waiter. He led us to a table and went through what the soup was and the specials. We ordered pork belly... More

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

Very pleased that you discovered us and enjoyed your Lunch! Even more pleased we didn't disappoint on the recommendations front!! We all very much appreciate your observation on the pride in our Restaurant. Many Thanks. More

Edinburgh
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited for the first time in ages for our anniversary, the food and service were as usual first class, as always I've eaten too much! Really good atmosphere and we were in the restaurant this time. We had a voucher which when we checked had run out but they were brilliant and let us use it anyway which was... More

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

We were delighted to help you celebrate your Wedding Anniversary and very glad you enjoyed your evening! We hope to be able to take care of you again very soon!! More

Troon, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

recently had first meal at the Howgate largely to take advantage of their special September offer - excellent friendly service, well presented and competently prepared food at reasonable prices - all cleverly managed. Furniture, decor and lighting are all tasteful and nicely idiosyncratic, - and create a relaxed ambience. Well impressed.

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

Delighted to hear you were able to enjoy our offer and that you liked our surroundings. We hope to be able to impress again when you make another trip from "The West" !! More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We recently made the trip out of Edinburgh for a lunch 'date' and had a superb meal here. Word is evidently out about the great food, as the place was about half-full, which surprised us for midweek in an out-of-the-way location. Every course was excellent...my husband, who never chooses pork, tasted mine and has decided we have to go again... More

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

Very many thanks for your supportive comments and for making the journey out of town. We are very glad you enjoyed your lunch and hope be a venue for your "date" another time soon! More

Edinburgh
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Despite living only 15 minutes away, we haven't eaten in the Howgate for many years but decided to give it a try for a family birthday. Five of us went, including three teenagers, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The food is best described as traditional Scottish/European, with nothing terribly unusual on the menu (steaks feature, as does... More

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

Many thanks for taking the time to offer us a 5 star review. We are delighted you enjoyed your birthday celebration. Your observations are all taken on board and appreciated, and we hope to be able to look after you again soon. More

Penicuik, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

great food and service,If you live in city and fancy somewhere quite to eat this is the place, well worth a visit...

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

Many thanks for coming to visit it us! We are very glad you enjoyed and hope to see you again soon! More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I am a regular visitor to this restaurant but last week I booked a table for 13 people for a Birthday meal. The staff were extremely helpful on the lead up and were accommodating with the menu, as my partner is pregnant they changed some of the meals to accommodate her. When the meals came, they were beautiful, the steak... More

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

We were delighted to be able to arrange your birthday celebration and very glad you enjoyed everything! We hope to see you again soon! More

midlothian
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Just returned from the Howgate today with my two friends, we were met by the friendly staff member and shown to our table, the meal was one of the best we have had so far as we visit various restaurants on a regular basis. The plates were hot and the cullan skink soup was the best that I have tasted... More

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

Many thanks for your comments and for making the trip to come and see us. We hope to be able to take care of you all again soon! More

Musselburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Portions can be too big and food just average! The menu has stayed the same for years, even the specials menu hardly varies. Need more variety and interesting food to make you keep going back.

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

Many thanks for taking the time to review us. We do appreciate all observations to help us "fine tune" our business offer. We hope to be able to look after you again at some suitable time. More

Spalding, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked just an hour or so before attending, but although full in the bistro side, we (4 of us) were accommodated in the restaurant. Lovely ambience, very warm welcome, and good food. If you are in the area this is a must.

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

Delighted we were able to look after you all. Many thanks for making the effort to find us! We hope you enjoyed your visit to our part of the world and that we will be able to see you again at some suitable time! More

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