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“Good with potential to become great”

Whitmuir the Organic Place
Ranked #10 of 29 Restaurants in Penicuik
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Part Of A Farm Specialising In Organic Foods
Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

We visit Whitmuir every couple of months or so. It's a lovely place to visit for a couple of hours to have a bite to eat and a browse round the organic shop and the art gallery.

The coffee shop/restaurant serves excellent food in a really nice setting. Within the last few months the food has noticeably improved. On this occasion we had breakfast. I had a grilled kipper which was yummy. We've been for lunch recently and that was superb too.

We have young children so the play area in the coffee shop is a blessing. There are plenty of kids' toys and books they can amuse themselves with. The disappointing thing about the play area is that it's cramped in a corner next to a fire. They have also recently put the toys in a huge heavy wooden lidded box which is a death trap for little fingers!

The shop is full of organic food including fresh meat. There's are few other things on sale like ethically sourced toys. You can open an account with them and get food delivered if you like.

The art gallery is wonderful. The displays are frequently rotated and they have very good taste in art (in our opinion anyway!) There's always local artists on display. It's all for sale.

The owners of Whitmuir seem to spend a lot of time coming up with various schemes and initiatives you can get involved in. When you enter the building you're presented with a bewildering array of leaflets and posters encouraging you to do things like bring waste wood in, buy shares in the farm and adopt a turkey. Things seem to come and go pretty quickly. There used to be a bee hive you could visit and a teepee but they've both disappeared. To be honest I find it a bit confusing and I think they'd do well to focus on building up the core business and making the farm a real destination for the Borders.

I'd like to see them make the farm itself more accessible. There are walks advertised around the farm but these are hard to follow and the paths are poor quality and usually very muddy! They've improved this a tiny bit but there's lots more to do. You also can't get close to many animals which is a bit odd for a farm shop! On this occasion the only thing we saw was a field of chickens. In the past we've seen some pigs in the distance.

As a result, while the shop/restaurant itself is usually busy, the rest of the site is quiet.

Oh, and it's also crying out for an outdoor playground for kids!

In conclusion I would say that Whitmuir is already a good place to visit, but it's a growing business and has the potential to become great.

2  Thank Craig H
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

We recently decided to try the Whitmuir restaurant and found what appeared to be a promising and imaginative menu disappointing. The portions were very small, particularly the vegetarian option, which was also rather tasteless, two of the meat dishes weren't accompanied by vegetables and the pudding choice was limited and frankly rather strange.
It was also very expensive and with the cost of petrol, prohibitive.
I'm afraid we will not be returning

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6  Thank Catherine B
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Heather A, Owner at Whitmuir the Organic Place, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2013

Oh dear, please accept my apologies for such a disappointing experience. Your comments will be brought to the attention of the kitchen staff and will be acted apon. Thank you for taking the time to write. We will of course try and improve the situation.
Heather Anderson, owner

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

This restaurant is part of a new initiative involving a food shop and art gallery in a timber building, part of a Community Farm situated off the A701 a few miles South of the Leadburn crossroads. We visited at lunch, Good soup, then items from the light lunch menu. Some rather odd choices, with fish and meat being offered in bread rolls.. Coffee comes in large mugs, perhaps rather large for post meal. Friendly service, A useful place to visit, within easy range of Edinburgh, and in an area without much immediate competition

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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Tried this shop/ cafe whilst staying nearby. Good range of vegetables & meat in the shop. Had lunch from the lighter bites menu . The yellow pepper humous & fennel flat bread were very good. Cakes home baked looked nice & would be worth a return visit for.
Christmas party menu looked good
Fun walks around the farm.
Admire the spirit of a community enterprise.

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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Hadn't been to Whitmuir for a while but dropped in today to see what was happening. Started off up to see the 388 turkeys who are massive. If you shout at them they shout back. Amazing! Visited the 97 piglets who were just waking up- the teenagers run around waking the youngsters up and it is very funny as the wee ones object while the Mammas look on. Time for breakfast and had simple bacon and eggs with a latte. Service fantastic and food delivered within a reasonable time. These are the yellowest eggs I have ever had.
I like Whitmuir. They try to please as many tastes as they can. Contrary to the last review I know food is vak-packed from the on-site butchery to the restaurant but it may not have looked like that. Standards to get Soil Association status are really high and I know that every attempt is made to reach these highest standards. They have met them yearly for five years.

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Thank Dot B
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