It takes a special kind of enthusiasm to transform an industrial space into an attractive restaurant. Edinburgh restaurateurs Andrew and Lisa Radford are calling on their unique enthusiasm plus a generous helping of vision and energy as they rework what many people will know as Lawson’s Timber into a unique eating and drinking space. The Timberyard in Lady Lawson Street is set to be in business by Festival time and it will be a must-go destination.
The former theatre prop workshop, timber shop and latterly arts space will have formal and informal areas, offering early coffee to late supper and everything in-between. The south-facing courtyard, with its backdrop of traditional tenements and industrial brickwork, will be a ideal outside space for the summer, while inside wood burning stoves will banish the chill of winter.
The Radfords, who are perhaps best known for the Atrium and Blue, are looking forward to getting back into business. The emphasis will be on sustainability and the environment, with ingredients supplied by small, artisan growers, breeders, producers and foragers, who Andrew has long-standing relationships with. Their children will join them in the new venture.