Café at the Palace
- Telephone 0131 652 3685
- Food served Apr–Oct: Mon–Sun 9.30am–6pm. Nov–Mar: Mon–Sun 9.30am– 4.30pm.
- Average price £11.50 (lunch)
- Website www.charltonhouse.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2011 edition.
Situated next door to Holyrood Palace, this café is the obvious place to grab a sandwich or hearty bowl of soup after visiting the Queen’s Gallery and Palace, or after an invigorating trek round Arthur’s Seat or tour of the Scottish Parliament. With such iconic Scottish landmarks on its doorstep, it would be tantamount to rudeness not to source local Scottish produce and the café has made a good effort: locally sourced dishes are marked on the menu with a thistle emblem. Hot dishes change daily but you can expect a creamy Scottish smoked venison studded leek tart, a well-flavoured macaroni cheese with mushroom and dill or a filled Perthshire baked potato. There is plenty of seating in this airy self-service café and also outdoor tables on the Palace and Arthur’s Seat side, making it a good spot to kick back with a latte and large piece of fruit-laden whisky cake and bask in the elusive Scottish sun.
- High point: Good range of food in a lovely location
- Low point: Cakes and scones are dauntingly large
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: No music
- Capacity: 240 (inc outside)
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2004
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle
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