The Baked Potato Shop

The Baked Potato Shop
56 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PB
  • Telephone 0131 225 7572
  • Seasonal times Open until 8pm from March/April, for the warmer months. Closes at 11pm from July to September.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–6pm. (First batch of potatoes roasted by 11am.)
  • Average price Medium salad tray & juice £4.99. Small potato, one filling & juice £4.99 (set lunch); £6.50 (evening meal)
  • Typical order Medium baked potato with chilli (£3.60)
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If a giant ever took a train into Waverley, or took a job scaring tourists on Royal Mile tours, he'd almost certainly eat his lunch at the Baked Potato Shop on Cockburn Street, because the portions are ginormous. But he couldn't fit inside this tiny, six-seat cafe, so he'd have to bellow his order through the door: 'Fee fi fo fum, I smell the butter of a fluffy, steaming, crispy jacket potato with curried corn.' He'd find no blood of an Englishman, or any living creature, here: everything is vegan or vegetarian. To explain the portions: a 'small' is one massive potato, a 'medium' is two massive potatoes, a £5.70 'large' is … well, you get it. The fillings are singularly toothsome: gazpacho, spicy hummus, fruity coleslaw, trusty baked beans and cheese, and so on. Salads such as quinoa, beetroot and celery can go in a potato, or separately on a tray. There are cakes on offer too, and everything tastes fresh and wholesome, whatever your appetite.

  • High point: Caring about animals has never been so reasonably priced
  • Low point: Guilt about wasting the life of a potato you can't finish
  • Notable dish: Baked potatoes!
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 6
  • Open since: 1983

Comments & ratings

4. alex boyle15 Aug 2012, 6:33pm Report

after standing outside for 15 mins while 1 server is eating a pot outside
when 10 people waiting gets to counter to have 1 with egg mayo
no egg mayo left at 4pm the most popular filling consting of egg and mayo so left with nothing this filling is at the top of menu they could have at least crossed ir out

3. C S1 Jun 2012, 10:50am5 stars The Baked Potato Shop Report

For weeks my work collegues had raved about this place's giant portions and great value for money baked tatties & sarnies...but as it was a veggie haunt I had avoided... Then I went with the recommendations Veggie Chilli Baked Potato later I am hooked! Amazing! Great food, massive portions, great value for money...Go!

2. Davva2321 Aug 2011, 8:38am5 stars The Baked Potato Shop Report

This is the best takeaway in Edinburgh by far! For years they've provided tasty wholesome food at great prices. Combine that with the friendly staff and the great tunes they let loose on the stereo and you cannae go wrong!

1. NancyE.2 Jan 2011, 9:25am5 stars The Baked Potato Shop Report

I loved this place! I stayed in an apartment on the Royal Mile, just around the corner, for a week in spring 2008. We had something from here everyday, a great place for a veggie meal, and great for take out.
Excellent service and HUGE potatoes, with any topping you could think to add, and the best veggie samosas I've ever tasted!
I think of this place often and wish that we had one in San Diego.
I was so impressed, that I took photo's of the potatoes!!
Just go, You'll have a great meal.

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Average rating 5/5 from 3 reviews of The Baked Potato Shop.

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