“The premises have been lovingly transformed into a stylish brasserie with an emphasis on good honest food cooked with exceptional flair by David and Amanda.”
Firebrick Brasserie has 46 covers, and is open Tuesday to Friday from 12.00–3.00pm & 6.00–9.30pm, Saturday from 12.00-9.30pm and on Sunday from 12.00–7.00pm.
Chefs David and Amanda and their three children have lived in the small Scottish Borders town of Lauder for the last 12 years, while building busy careers at the helm of some Edinburgh’s top restaurants. But they’ve long had the ambition of opening their own restaurant, and the chance to take on Firebrick came at the perfect time.
Formerly an Italian restaurant, the premises have been lovingly transformed into a stylish brasserie with an emphasis on good honest food cooked with exceptional flair. Firebrick has a welcoming, family-friendly ethos, and children can enjoy smaller portions of all the dishes on the menu. Whether you’re looking for a special celebration dinner, a business lunch or a relaxed family Sunday roast, expect a warm welcome, sensible prices, and a mouth-watering treat for all the family.
David comes from a stellar career as Executive Head Chef at The Rutland Hotel, and Edinburgh’s first and finest gourmet steakhouse, Kyloe. He oversaw the kitchen relaunch of this iconic Edinburgh landmark, created all the menus and dishes, and managed a brigade of 18 chefs serving the 98-cover Kyloe Restaurant and 120-cover bar. David was also Head Chef at both Blue and The Tower Restaurant in Edinburgh, as well as Executive Head Chef at The Jam House, Edinburgh, when it was owned by Jools Holland. He’s passionate about sourcing the best seasonal and local ingredients, and cooking them to perfection. Although his signature specialities include steak, fish and game, he is delighted to have the chance to create exciting new dishes for the Firebrick, in keeping with his vision of light, modern and highly accessible British cooking.
Amanda has enjoyed a successful career running the pastry sections at some of the country’s most stylish restaurants. After spells as Head Pastry Chef at the Roman Camp Hotel, Callander, and Norton House, Edinburgh (then owned by Richard Branson), she moved to Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, where she met David. The couple then left to work for award-winning chef Paul Heathcote MBE, and after just three months, Amanda was promoted to Head Pastry Chef at Simply Heathcotes, a 240-cover Manchester brasserie. She moved back to Edinburgh to open Blue, and also worked at the Black Bull in Lauder, before re-joining David at The Jam House. From 2008, Amanda was Head Pastry Chef at The Rutland and its gourmet steak restaurant Kyloe, and in 2012 she launched Lauder Cakes, making quality celebration and three-dimensional cakes. She somehow also managed to have three children during this time!
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As Head Chef and Pastry Chef at Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant, Kyloe, David and Amanda are a formidable team who complement each other’s skills beautifully.
David’s expertise with steak, fish and game is unrivalled, and Firebrick’s locally sourced specialities include a 35-day grass-fed Aberdeen Angus Sirloin, from Hardiesmill, and a 45-day aged Limousin Rib Eye from Shaws in Lauder. Other gourmet treats include a board of Ettrick Valley smoked fish (cold smoked salmon, hot smoked sea trout, whisky cured salmon, and hot smoked treacle salmon), which David describes as ‘the best smoked fish I have ever tasted’.
Firebrick’s light, modern style of cooking leaves plenty of room to enjoy Amanda’s gorgeous desserts and French-style patisserie, including many signature favourites. Her homemade cakes are legendary in Lauder, and our Julius Meinl Austrian coffee makes a perfect pairing, so make sure you plan a stopover for light refreshments if you’re on your way north or south. We also offer a healthy children’s menu.
Choose from our stylish lunch and dinner menus, or try our special ‘Sunday Roast for Two’ – a joint of the day accompanied by roast potatoes and vegetables, creamed cabbage, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, followed by a classic British dessert. Where possible, everything is handmade by us on the premises including all breads, sauces, soups, cakes and ice creams, and we have an excellent selection of spirits, wines and beers. Fine local brands include North Berwick Gin, Edinburgh Gin and Pickerings Gin, as well as craft beers from Tempest Brewery in Tweedbank, and Glenkinchie single malt from East Lothian. We also have a great hand-picked wine list, and a variety of homemade fruit juices.
Our excellent local suppliers include:
• Clarks Speciality Foods, Penicuik
• Hardiesmill, Scottish Borders
• Shaws Fine Meats, Lauder
• Ettrick Valley Smokehouse, Scottish Borders
• Fish Brothers, Linlithgow
• Burnside Farm Foods, Scottish Borders
• De Burgh Wines, Fordel Mains
• Wine Importers, Edinburgh
• Tempest Brewery, Scottish Borders
Also worth a special mention is our amazing handmade Abernethy Butter, all the way from Co Down, Northern Ireland.
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7 Market Place
Lauder TD2 6SR
t: 01578 718915