St Giles' Cathedral Café

St Giles' Cathedral Café
St Giles' Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
  • Telephone 0131 225 5147
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4pm; Sun 11am–4pm (lunch from 12.30pm).
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This peaceful haven just a stone's throw away from the tourist hubbub of the High Street serves up seasonal soups, light lunches and impressive home-baking

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Below the grandeur of St Giles’ Cathedral, the friendly café offers cheerful respite from the throngs of tourists on the Royal Mile. Everything is super-fresh and homemade, from good-sized bowls of seasonal soups such as tomato, roast aubergine and oregano, to stovies spilling over with haggis, black pudding and sausage and a proud panoply of cakes and scones. Herbs are much in evidence, coriander liberally shot through a chickpea and avocado salad, with rosemary lending interest to spinach and ham tart (noteworthy for its light, crisp pastry). Daily changing main course specials, baked potatoes and a colourful selection of salads complete the lunchtime choices, while for the earlybirds, breakfast of porridge or deli-style rolls with hot fillings of bacon, eggs, sausage and Stornoway black pudding get the day off to a satisfying start.

The List's rating






Carol Main visited St Giles' Cathedral Café on 18 February 2018
  • High point: Excellent, well-priced children's menu
  • Low point: Not much natural daylight
  • Notable dish: St Giles' stovies
  • Average price: £12.95 (lunch)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Radio 6
  • Capacity: 70–80
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008