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Edinburgh's Timberyard awarded first Michelin Star in 10th anniversary year


(L-R): Ben Radford; James (Jimmy) Murray (Head Chef); and Jo Radford by Abi Radford

One of Scotland’s leading, independent, fine dining restaurants, Timberyard, has been awarded its first Michelin Star a decade after opening its doors in Edinburgh.

Timberyard, on the capital’s Lady Lawson Street, was presented with the prestigious accolade by the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland at the annual ceremony, which took place at Silverstone Circuit in Northampton on Monday 27th March.

The restaurant at 10 Lady Lawson Street - Abi Radford

Owned and operated by Edinburgh’s Radford family since 2012, Timberyard continues to reinforce its position at the forefront of both Scottish and British dining. The Radford family, Ben, Jo, Abi, Andrew and Lisa, are all actively involved in the day-to-day operations.

For 10 years, Timberyard has remained focused on ingredient-led cooking created with respect to nature and produce, and sourced from local, artisan suppliers, and Scotland’s natural larder.

Head Chef James (Jimmy) Murray is supported by Head Pastry Chef, Richard Phillips. Front of house, Jo Radford is supported by Manager, Pete Johnson and Drinks & Bar Manager, Anna Sebelova.

Commenting on Timberyard’s first Michelin Star award, Ben Radford, said:

“The entire Timberyard team is delighted and couldn’t be more proud of such a tremendous achievement.
“Timberyard has always aimed to be at the forefront of both Scottish and British dining. The Michelin Star gives Jimmy and our team the recognition they deserve. The award also helps to firmly establish Timberyard’s place at the highest level of the country’s fine dining scene.
“To be included amongst great Edinburgh and national restaurants such as Martin Wishart’s and Lyles in London is a huge honour.”

Jo Radford, added:

“The Radford family and the entire team have always strived to achieve great things at Timberyard and the family always believed in what we were capable of. With Jimmy coming on board as the final piece of the puzzle, we have now achieved the ultimate accolade and we couldn’t be more delighted.

“Thanks to the trust and loyalty of our team, as well as the passion and professionalism they have shown, we’re also extremely lucky to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2023, having survived some challenging obstacles along the way. Of course, we would not be where we are today without our loyal local and international supporters.

“Our standards have always been set high, and our ethos and sourcing has remained the same since day one.”

Timberyard’s Head Chef, Jimmy Murray, said:

“It’s such a fantastic feeling for all involved to have been awarded our first Michelin Star. This has been so energising for me personally and I really look forward to our next exciting chapter.”


Alexanders & Hens egg - Abi Radford

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