It's time to plant spring bulbs


It’s time to plant... spring flowering bulbs! Now is the perfect time to get bulbs planted in your garden. Whether it be for beds or pots, we have a fantastic selection available. Pop in and have a chat with our staff if you need any pointers on what to plant and where.

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We're dog friendly!


We're proud to be a dog friendly garden centre. Dogs are always welcome and we are always delighted to meet our customers four legged  fury friends! Recently, Carolyn Spray was asked to write a piece for a well known pet publication, so we thought we'd share a few snippets with you as to how our dog friendly garden centre has evolved over the years... 

'I have had dogs all my life and get really frustrated that so many places don't allow them. Although it’s improved in recent years, there’s still far too few places you can take dogs in the UK. I spend my life looking for shops and cafes to take my Beardies to! I’m off on a motorhome tour of the North Coast 500 - around the top of Scotland in October, and hope to take the dogs to as many venues as possible during my holiday.

I feel there should be absolutely no reason you can’t take dogs into shops and cafes, it should be entirely up to the owners to make that decision. I think a lot of garden centres and other shops don’t realise you can have dogs in restaurants and cafes just not in places like kitchens where food is actually prepared.

At Pentland Plants we have lots of dogs visiting on a daily basis and we love it! In the cafe there is an area for dogs, a play area for children and that leaves plenty of space left for those who want to avoid either, or both! We understand that some of our customers are a bit scared of dogs or even allergic so it’s only fair to have designated areas.

We have lots of goodies in the cafe on our doggy menu so that owners can treat their dogs! We have Snuffledog beer, Barking Bakery cakes and cookies, Kelso & Titch biscuits, Petface bone shaped biscuits, Frozzys frozen yoghurt - and we sell lots! How could you bring your dog out with you to a cafe and not include a wee treat for them? :)

Our lovely pet area is filled with a large collection of different biscuits, chews and treats, toys for outdoor and indoor play, beds and coats, basically all the accessories a dog could need!
I guess a lot of what drives our pet department's success is that I buy what I want and need for my own dogs, which is always a good way to run a business I think!  If the owner/ buyer is passionate about a product it really shows.

We run lots of events at Pentland throughout the year, including festive dog photography sessions at Christmas time, where we have Nadia from Yellow dog photography attend. She comes along for a day or two and we create a lovely festive backdrop for people to have photos of their dogs taken. It’s grown in popularity year on year. I think last years was the best, so I'm looking forward to coming up with a new idea this year! We also had a selection of taster sessions at the garden centre this spring including basic obedience, trick training, brain games, reactive dog and agility. They were all sold out very quickly, which was great and we had huge waiting lists!

I'm so pleased how our business has evolved over the years to enable us to become one of Midlothian's go to dog friendly destinations. We're looking forward to hosting more fun events in the future and continuing to develop the range in our pet department. Exciting times ahead for sure!'


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Moroccan Beef Meatballs recipe


Fancy something tasty for dinner? Why not try making this week's recipe at home? Or, pop into Cafe Panola - it'll be on the menu today and tomorrow! 

Homemade Moroccan beef meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce


750g of beef mince

1 x onion finely chopped

2 x cloves of crushed garlic

1 x tsp cinnamon

1 x tsp cumin

1 x tsp paprika

1 x tsp turmeric

1 x tsp mixed herbs

Salt & pepper to taste



Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and combine. Divide into 50g portions and roll into balls.

Fry for 2-3 minutes to seal, then place on a baking tray and cook in an oven for 8-10 minutes (or until cooked).

Spicy tomato sauce

1 x tin of chopped tomatoes

1 x red chili

1 x onion

1 x tsp mixed herbs

1 x tsp brown sugar

1 x tsp sherry vinegar

1 x tsp ground coriander


Chop the onion and chili and place in a pan. Gently fry until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar, herbs and vinegar. Simmer and reduce to a sauce like consistency.

Serve with freshly made cous-cous.

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Latest job vacancies


Saturday Barista

We are looking for a part time experienced Barista to make speciality coffees, hot chocolates and teas. The role also includes taking orders, serving customers and using the tills in our busy cafe.

If you also have experience in working as a kitchen assistant/ commis chef that would give you more hours And extra shifts!

We require somebody every and Saturday 11-5 and possibly some other days to cover holidays etc

Drinks and snacks are included

Start date 15th September, with some practice shifts before that too

Commis Chef

We are looking for an commis chef with flair and creativity to join our friendly team. You should take pride in producing great quality food, freshly cooked from scratch with a Scottish twist.

You should be enthusiastic and keen to learn, with good communication skills . Experience is great but you will be well trained

Duties include salad and veg prep as well as making sandwiches and taking food out to customers

You Should have experience in a high volume kitchen and be able to work well within a team

This role includes daily preparation and presentation of food, ensuring that the kitchen is kept clean in accordance with HCPP and cooksafe regulations

The position is 34/35 hours a week. in the kitchen Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 8.30am to 4.30/5pm , Thursday and Friday taking food out 12-5pm

We offer a competitive rate of pay depending on skills and experience

You will be paid weekly and have a share of the tips as well as having free drinks and snacks during the day

There is free parking and Christmas , Boxing Day and new years day off!

Start date 1st september with a trial shift beforehand


How to apply for the above positions:

Please send your CV to Carolyn Spray:

Pentland Plants
Pentland Mains
Midlothian EH20 9QG

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Christophe's vegan puy lentil stew recipe


Christophe's puy lentil stew with roasted golden beetroot and sweet potato mash (Vegan)



(Serves 2)

1 x large sweet potato 

2 x medium golden beetroot 

1 x cup of puy lentil 

Small diced:

2 x carrots

2 x branches of celery 

1 x white onion

1 x clove of garlic

1 x leek


Boil the puy lentils in vegetable stock until soft, and then cool under a cold tap.

Peel, quarter and roast the golden beetroot until just soft.

Wrap the sweet potato in cling film, with the skin on. Microwave until soft. Then, peel and mash. Add salt and pepper.

In a frying pan gently fry all of the vegetables for 10 minutes. Add the lentils.

Add seasoning to taste. 

To serve, place the sweet potato mash on a plate topped with the puy lentils and 4 pieces of roasted golden beetroot. 

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Pentland Plants Garden Centre
Pentland Mains
EH20 9QG

0131 440 0895 

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Opening hours

Monday - 9am to 5pm
Tuesday - 9am to 5pm
Wednesday - 9am to 5pm
Thursday - 9am to 5pm
Friday - 9am to 5pm

Saturday - 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Christmas Opening Hours:
Closed: Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's Day

May - June

Open late till 6pm weekdays

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