Award win for secret cafe puts business on the map

The Secret Herb Garden wins the Best Informal Eating Experience at the Lothian and Borders Regional Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards. Pictured are presenter Fiona Richmond, Project Manager at Scotland Food and Drink,  Liberty and Hamish Martin, owners of Secret Herb Garden and host Jennifer Reoch. Photo: Chris Watt
The Secret Herb Garden wins the Best Informal Eating Experience at the Lothian and Borders Regional Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards. Pictured are presenter Fiona Richmond, Project Manager at Scotland Food and Drink, Liberty and Hamish Martin, owners of Secret Herb Garden and host Jennifer Reoch. Photo: Chris Watt

A specialist herb nursery at the foot of the Pentland Hills has been named a regional winner at Scottish tourism’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The Secret Herb Garden in Damhead picked up Best Informal Eating Experience at the Lothian and Borders Regional Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.

Judges praised the café’s “strong focus on using high quality produce, much of it grown on site or sourced from local and Scottish suppliers”.

Owner Hamish Martin said: “We are so delighted to win the Best Informal Eating category at this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards.

“We take great pride in our food offering at the Secret Herb Garden, nearly all of our ingredients are grown on site and those that aren’t are sourced locally.

“All of our baked goods, soups and salads are produced in our cafe kitchen. Customers love that they can eat their lunch anywhere around the garden and find that little bit of peace and tranquility that we all crave once in a while.”

The Midlothian visitor attraction will go on to represent the region at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final in March 2017.