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The Howgate Restaurant

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British, Scottish, Gluten Free
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Howgate Village, Penicuik EH26 8PY, Scotland
441968670000
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Edinburgh, Indiana
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our friends to the Howgate for a meal. It was a Monday night but there were several other tables of diners. My husband had the Cull & Skink soup which he enjoyed but he had hoped for more of a fishy flavour. 2 of us had the brie in filo pastry which was really tasty. My friend had... More 

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Thank Marie M
Nigel H, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Marie, We are delighted that you had a memorable Evening at the Howgate, thank you for taking the time to review us. Best regards Nigel More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time visit with relatives in Penicuik. All the food served was excellent and enjoyed the Scots theme towards salmon, coley , mussels and cullen skink. Two of our choices were missing , the beef rib and black pudding pigeon which we understand were popular . It may be worth recording where orders can't be met to adjust stock and... More 

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Thank David B
Nigel H, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear David, Many thanks for taking the time to review our restaurant, all the team are delighted that you enjoyed everything on your evening visit We look forward to welcoming you again soon Regards Nigel More 

Giessen, Germany
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95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here twice, both times food was excellent. Staff is very friendly, interior is both comfortable and tasteful, love the view of the bar with the large mirror and all the bottles. Can recommend the haggis parcel and soups for starters. Also had a good steak (more medium than medium rare) with chips and amazing mushrooms. Did not like the... More 

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1 Thank Peabrain2013
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. I'l glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. With regard to the sauces, we find it easier if we serve them, however next time your in just let us know and we'll happily give you a dish for the table. Thanks again More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a shame! We have been coming for 15 years but the atmosphere has gone. The decor has been moderised, the service lacks enthusiasm, the place was almost empty, the menu was almost the same but we were disappointed in the flavours. Too many excellent restaurants in Edinburgh to compete w00

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2 Thank myopinion70
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for leaving a review. We take all feedback seriously, whether it be good or bad and i'm sorry to hear that this particular visit has not lived up to your previous times dining with us. We hope you will return and dine with us again in the future. More 

Long Ditton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the Howgate as a threesome for an earlyish dinner on a Sunday. It is in a lovely old building in the countryside and has a great feel to it as you come in. The welcome is genuine, and the interior is well thought out: in the room we were in, there was a central fireplace which nicely... More 

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Thank HardButFair44
Nigel H, Owner at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review We are sorry to hear that everything wasn't to your liking but glad your overall dining experience was a good one We look forward to welcoming you again soon kind regards Nigel More 

Wandel
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257 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went at the end of May for an anniversary dinner. Lovely decor and friendly service, with the dark-haired guy with a stubbly beard deserving a special shout out. We were in the formal restaurant but there's a less formal bar area too that was much busier. Watch where you're seated in the restaurant as I was getting regularly blasted... More 

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Thank Anne J
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much Anne for your lovely review! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. I recall you saying you lived down south but we would love to have you back if your in our neck of the woods again. Thanks again More 

edinburgh, scotland
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143 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Another lovely meal at the Howgate for us. Never disappoints, either with the quality of food or the service. We opted for the two-course set menu at £14.95 - my husband had the haggis pakoras with spicy tomato sauce, which he said were delicious, while I opted for the goat's cheese on a toasted crouton, which was meltingly creamy. Husband... More 

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Thank blondiescot
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review! I'm glad to hear you had another wonderful experience with us and hope to see you back soon. Thanks again More 

Peebles, Scotland, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

visited the Howgate last night for the first time in 5 or 6 years - and what a lovey meal it was. There were 4 of us in the party - service was prompt and pleasant. Food was excellent - nice "standard" menu plus about as many choices again on the "specials" menu. I had belly pork as a starter... More 

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Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you Robin for your lovely review! Glad you enjoyed your meal and the experience overall, hope it's not another 5 or 6 years until we see you again. Thanks again More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We had some really nice steaks here, the service was good, the prices fair, nice interior with a good atmosphere. Would recommend it here, my only gripe was that there was not a great choice of red wines.

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Thank GRB-hsbsb
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed the food, service and ambience and I take on board your comments regarding the wine list. We've put together a list that we feel gives a nice selection of grape varieties and styles with both new and old world wines featuring. More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We were taken for lunch by a friend who had not eaten at this restaurant for a number of years. She had happy memories but was unsure what we would find after such an interval. From the first moments of parking and walking to the front door, entering and being taken to our table and offered a drink we were... More 

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Thank noredtram
Howgate R, Manager at The Howgate Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review! We're glad you and your friend enjoyed your visit back with us and would love to see you again soon! Thanks again More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
British, Scottish, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Howgate Village, Penicuik EH26 8PY, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Midlothian  >  Penicuik
  • Phone Number: 441968670000

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