The Botanics launches express lunch menu for Edinburgh’s business market

The Gateway Restaurant’s new autumn offering has been designed with business customers in mind

Professionals working in and around Inverleith are in for a treat because the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has launched a new express menu for business customers in the venue’s Gateway Restaurant.
They’ll now be able to choose from a range of new salads and gourmet sandwiches – with each dish created specifically so it can be prepared and served quickly – now that chefs working for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the Garden’s catering partner, have redesigned their offering for autumn.
A number of the new, seasonal dishes feature fresh produce grown on-site in the Edible Garden by market gardener Ben Dell, whose role, which is financed by Sodexo, was created earlier this year by the Garden in order to boost production and increase the quantity of in-house grown ingredients available for use in the attraction’s restaurant and cafés.
Paul Mitchell, catering services director for Sodexo at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said: “We know our business customers are often pushed for time, but don’t want to compromise on quality. Our new menu offers a range of fresh, good quality dishes which can be prepared and served quickly.
“From our falafel burger and Scottish smoked salmon gourmet sandwiches, to our Botanics Super Salad and Garden Slaw; we’ve made the most of the crops available in our market garden.”
The new menu also features a range of produce from local suppliers, including bread from Patisserie Joldo in Edinburgh, pork from Robertson’s of Ayrshire and a range of ice cream flavours from Aberdeenshire based Mackies, including Lavender, which is made exclusively for the restaurant.
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