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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 149
    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
Good Scottish food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Scot-Breizh
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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206 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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
Contributor
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
79 reviews 79 reviews
58 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
51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

Midlothian, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is our second visit to thee Howgate and I cannot speak to highlly of the service of the staff and the quality of the meals, my compliments to the chef. The Howgate is a lovely place for a meal also good value for money and I would recommend it which I did to my daughter and son who have... More 

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

Many thanks for taking the time to review us again and for the five stars!! We very much appreciate personal recommendations and are delighted your family enjoyed us also. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Stopped here for Sunday lunch enroute to Murrayfield. Friendly, courteous staff served a delicious roast prepared by an obviously competent kitchen crew with an eye for detail. Will certainty pay a visit again when I'm in the area.

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

Many thanks for taking the time to mention us on TripAdvisor! We appreciate your comments and hope to be able to see you again sometime. More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Fantastic food- service with a smile- no rush- perfect steak - and smoked haddock risotto was to die for. Sticky toffee pudding - amazing and fabulous zingy white wine that I must get the name of. Tiffin with coffee a lovely touch. Go for it!!!

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

Very many thanks for your positive comments from Hogmanay! We hope to be able to look after you again before the end of the year!!!!!! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Howgate has to be one of the best and most reliable eating places around and with their set two course menu for lunch or dinner during February only £9.95 (Mon - Fri) it also has to be one of the best value. Good choice of food, drinks and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Notice you can also get brunch... More 

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

We are very grateful for your second review of us and delighted you enjoy our new menu! We look forward to seeing you for Brunch one Sunday!! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I love the Howgate. Nestled away in a picturesque little setting, this restaurant has some of the best steaks I've ever tasted. There's always something on the menu to challenge and delight you. It's one of my go-to restaurants when I'm entertaining guests – it never disappoints.

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

We really appreciate your enthusiastic support of The Howgate! Many thanks for acknowledging us and we hope to be able to look after you again soon. More 

Bonnyrigg, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

A lovely restaurant in which we had a great night, the food from the starter to the pudding was great and full of flavour, the rest between courses was perfect, the presentation to the portion size was excellent, the waiting staff and management were friendly and made you feel very welcome, seating arrangements were well spaced out with comfortable seating.... More 

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

We really appreciate all of your enthusiastic support and that you enjoyed your evening! Very many thanks! We do look forward to taking care of any or all of 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: 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?