Cafe Hub

Cafe Hub
Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE
  • Telephone 0131 473 2067
  • Seasonal times Closed Mon and Tue in quiet season. Open at 9am in Summer and until 10pm between 14th July and 1st September.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9.30am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm.
  • Average price £6.50 (soup and sandwich)
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In an imposing former church in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, the Hub makes a decent lunch option or coffee-stop.

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Cafe Hub is the food wing at Edinburgh International Festival headquarters. Impressively housed in a former church at the top of the Royal Mile, it is in prime position for the capital’s tourist trade. On sunny days in festival season, the outdoor terrace is inevitably popular and a great spot to grab a coffee and people watch. Inside, there are plenty of sofas and and air of serenity, with light filtering through those huge church windows. Despite hints of sophistication, the wealth of space and boxes of toys make this an inviting spot for parents with young children in tow. The management are keen to encourage a local crowd with lunch deals and student offers. The menu covers all bases, ranging from soup and sandwiches to burgers, or a quinoa and butternut squash risotto. A chocolate brownie is unashamedly sweet but the scones definitely worth returning for.

  • High point: Excellent scones served with a smile
  • Low point: Not many options for dessert
  • Notable dish: Scones
  • Private dining: 300 in main function hall upstairs. The smaller dining room seats 60.
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: jazz
  • Live entertainment: Regular performances take place upstairs in the function hall
  • Capacity: 100 (additional 50 on outside terrace)
  • Largest group: 80 in cafe itself
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £20.88 per bottle