Take Three: Delis-cum-Cafés

  • The List
  • 19 June 2008

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

19 Elm Row, Edinburgh, 0131 556 6066, www.valvonacrolla.co.uk
A walk through one of Britain’s finest food emporia can make the large, windowless café at the back a hard act to follow but, if you’re prepared to treat yourself, the platters and bakery in particular are straight from the deli and to be savoured down to the very last crumb.

Grassroots Café

93–97 St Georges Road, Glasgow, 0141 333 0534, www.grassrootsorganic.com
Glasgow’s ultimate vegetarian and organic shop at 20 Woodlands Road does good takeaway but also has an entirely separate café around the corner open from 10am into the evening. The open kitchen produces inventive vegetarian dishes as well as breakfasts, cakes and coffee.

Herbie of Edinburgh

1 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, 0131 226 7212, www.herbieofedinburgh.co.uk
When Andrew Firth and Tannis Dodd opened up a second deli in Stockbridge they found room enough for a kitchen in the basement and a handful of tables and chairs for the shop floor. With fine food on three sides and knowledgeable staff on hand, it’s an inspiring environment for eating well.

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

Scotland's oldest deli also has a caffè which is now also open for evening meals - a good spot for a relaxed or pre-theatre meal, with quality ingredients, big Italian flavours and hand-picked wines.