Cowan and Sons

Cowan and Sons
33 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HX
  • Telephone 0131 343 3007
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 8.30am–5pm; Sun 10am–5pm
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–5pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 8.30am–5pm
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A local, family-run café in the heart of Stockbridge cooking good quality Scottish produce and doing it well.

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Although recently renovated and rebranded as Cowan & Sons, the tradition in the impressive stained-glass windows reflects the heritage behind this long-running family café: Cowan & Sons (previously Maxi’s) have served breakfast, lunch and cake to Stockbridge locals for twenty years now. The shabby-chic interior is all reclaimed wood, exposed original tiles and mixy-matchy furniture and the menu reads like a veritable who’s who of local producers: baked goods from Twelve Triangles, meat from Bower’s, coffee from Williams and Johnson and beer from Campervan Brewery. Late risers will rejoice at a generous 3pm breakfast cut-off before diving into smashed avocado on sourdough or the butcher’s breakfast. The lunch menu is compact but varied and includes daily soup and frittata specials. Cowan & Sons continues to evolve with the times whilst retaining a strong local flavour and a big heart.

The List's rating






J. Alford visited Cowan and Sons on 16 January 2018
  • High point: Homely food in a unique setting
  • Low point: Early closing leaves local beers unexplored
  • Notable dish: Butcher's breakfast
  • Average price: £9 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: modern folk mix
  • Live entertainment: Stockbridge Sessions
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £13 per bottle
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