The world’s only art gallery based in a botanical garden is to add another string to its bow when it opens as a fine-dining venue later this year.
Inverleith House, Edinburgh will operate as a restaurant for 30 days in December, with the menu including plants taken from surrounding gardens.
The mansion house has operated as a modern art gallery since 1986 and last year’s exhibition by Luke Fowler, which showcased his new film exploring the life and work of Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing, was nominated for the Turner Prize.
A preview dining event, attended by many local movers and shakers, was held in the mansion house earlier this month.
Hire prices will not be released until more details have been finalised and with head chef Ben Harrison still deciding the menu, it’s too early to say which plants from the garden will feature on the guests’ dinner plates.
Inverleith House was constructed in 1774 to house the Rocheid family, who owned much of Inverleith at the time.
The house officially became part of the Botanics in 1875 when it was acquired by John Hutton Balfour, who was Regis Keeper, the name given to the scientists and specialists who served as director, between 1845 and 1879.
He originally intended for the house to be used as a museum, however he and his family ended up living there, as did future Regis Keepers, until it was established as the founding home of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 1960.
When the gallery moved to its current site in Belford Road, it was decided that Inverleith House should continue to be a focus for art.