Take Three: Eating spots with a curious former life
A Room in Leith
1c Dock Place, Leith, Edinburgh
0131 554 7427, www.aroomin.co.uk
John Tindal and Peter Knight recently opened their third ‘A Room In’ restaurant, replacing the Waterfront, itself a conversion of a red-brick waiting room once used by steamship passengers en route to Aberdeen. The bar area is now called ‘Teuchtars Landing’ while the conservatory holds the restaurant.
7-11 East London Street, Broughton,
Edinburgh 0131 558 9581
Rosario and Ciro Sartore found a great corner site for their new Neapolitan restaurant at the foot of Broughton Street; this prime spot was most recently the Sundial Launderette. For a few years before it reached the end of its spin cycle it even had a wee café-bistro called the Lost Sock Diner attached.
Mother India’s Cellar
28 Westminster Terrace, Sauchiehall Street,
Glasgow, 0141 221 1663, www.motherindia.co.uk
The basement of this popular Indian was converted into The Cellar from a bakery, though its trendy wine bar looks mask it well. The main restaurant upstairs was itself the grand tearoom connected to the bakery, and many of the original features including stained glass and wooden panelling remain.