Between the years of 1993 and 1997 I somehow stumbled into the prestigious role of Sommelier at Edinburgh’s now-shuttered Atrium restaurant. For almost 20 years acclaimed Chef Andrew Radford and his wife Lisa ran what was arguably one of Scotland’s finest dining establishments, finally closing the doors for the last time in early 2011, much to the surprise and disappointment of the city’s dining cognoscenti.
Upon my recent travels to the city of my youth I was delighted to discover that, like a veritable phoenix from the ashes, the Radfords (all five of them this time), had opened up shop again, this time a mere stone’s throw from the site of their famed Atrium location above the Traverse Theatre in Saltire Court.
Taking over the old Lawson’s Timber space on Lady Lawson Street, The Timberyard has been garnering rave reviews since its opening. We popped in for what proved itself to be a magnificent luncheon, and Andrew, a true veteran of the modern Scottish culinary scene, was kind enough to sit down with Good Food Revolution for a video interview alongside his eldest son Ben, who now mans the Timberyard’s stoves.
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he was so very pleased to see the Timberyard’s well-deserved success.