The Drill Hall Café

The Drill Hall Café
34 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
  • Telephone 0131 555 7100
  • Bar open Depends on events.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–3pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £6 (lunch)
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Wholesome, good-value home-cooking, which sustains and empowers the local community.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

The Royal Scots’ Drill Hall was redeveloped by the charity Out of the Blue in 2010 into an arts and education centre with gallery, rehearsal rooms, performance spaces, and a buzzing, right-on café. Instead of the thump of army boots on the wooden floor, today you’ll hear babies gurgling in buggies and scampering toddlers and dogs – but do try not to disturb the artists working in the surrounding studios. The down-to-earth menu is hearty, wholesome and freshly made – enough to sustain a hungry soldier on a manoeuvres, or fuel a poor artist’s epic flight of fancy. The daily-changing chalkboard lists breakfast rolls, and, for lunch, classic sandwiches and soups with bread from Manna House bakery, specials like a warming beef stew with dumplings, and cakes such as a mighty jam and peanut butter cookie sandwich. If that’s not enough to keep you warm, folded blankets are thoughtfully draped on chairs to throw over knocking knees.

  • High point: The food is cracking value…
  • Low point: … but tends towards the heavy
  • Delivery: £5
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Staff choice of radio station
  • Live entertainment: 'Bruncheon' second Saturday of the month - music with themed brunch
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £15 per bottle