Get a taste of MacDuff's mutton at Leith's best new restaurant, Heron

It’s the perfect event for those who’re bored of chicken

Published 10th Mar 2022
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

You don’t see mutton on menus too often.

If you’re a fan or would like to try this meat in one of Edinburgh’s best new restaurants, then book your ticket for the MacDuff x Heron tasting evening on April 5, from 6-9pm.

It’ll take place at the Leith restaurant, and the four-course menu, £90, will showcase Wishaw-based meat wholesaler MacDuff’s seasonal and grass fed mutton, which is a sheep that’s over a year old. It’s been sourced from Fife’s organic certified Westerlogie Farm, also known as Fife Dexters.

On the night, you’ll get to find out more about the meat’s provenance, and get to chat to the producers and farmers.

The Heron chefs, Tomas Gormley and Sam Yorke, have come up with an interesting menu, with none of the ubiquitous mint sauce on the side.

It’s been designed to be as seasonal and sustainable as possible. For starters, there's lamb and mutton tartare with pepper dulse and “norinade”, which is a take on tapenade. Next up is lamb and mutton sweetbreads with morels and white asparagus, and the final meat course is a mutton chop and loin with wild garlic, liver and Jersey Royals.

Pudding is simply described as chocolate and mint, and matched wines are included with each course.

This is the first 2022 event from MacDuff, and they hope to organise more of these happenings later in the year.

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Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.
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