St Giles' Cathedral Café
- Telephone 0131 225 5147
- Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4pm; Sun 11am–5pm. [Extended in Festival]
- Average price £9 (lunch)
- Website www.glenfinlas.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
With its small, keyhole-like windows, serene atmosphere and sweet treats, this café is a favourite with tourists and professionals working along the Royal Mile. Situated below the cathedral, the simple white interior has small tables located in two adjoining narrow rooms. There's no music, but guests can sometimes hear strains from the choir practising upstairs. The menu is kid-friendly and similar to its sister café at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Breakfast rolls, soups, hot dishes, platters, deli sandwiches and the café's signature stovies make up the light menu. A creamy broccoli soup is flavoured with stilton and arrives with plump slices of oat bread. Stuffed with roast vegetables, the savoury tart of the day arrives with appetising Greek salad and balsamic-drizzled green leaves. One trusty option is the ploughman's sandwich on toasted bread for its sweet honeyed ham, melted cheese and crisp slices of apple. Sweet options include scones, fruit tarts, shortbread and various tray bakes. A tranquil place to escape the bustling crowds on the Royal Mile.
- High point: Crumbly rhubarb tart
- Low point: Rather dull house salad
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Radio on in kitchen; sometimes sermon, organ, choir recitals from upstairs
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2008