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).
  • Average price £11.50 (set lunch)
  • Website www.glenfinlas.com
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This friendly sanctuary from the tourist hubbub of the High Street serves up soup, sandwiches, sweets and succour.

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The medieval steeple of St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile is one of the most familiar features of the Edinburgh skyline, and if you’re a friend to beauty, take a look inside to see the building's dazzling stained-glass windows. Eyes boggling, head to the crypt for the wholesome pleasures of its café, which serves a daily selection of fresh salads, soups, filled rolls, hot meals and baking. A bowl of traditional stovies is rib-sticking, liberally smothered with spicy haggis to fortify you against the Edinburgh cold. Altogether more mellow is a broccoli, mozzarella and tomato tart, with its wobbly cheesy filling and a crumbly shortcrust pastry Mary Berry would wax lyrical over. Baking stands out – buttery fruit scones crumble and make you go all Proustian for nana’s baking, while the sweetness of Victoria sponge is leavened with a tangy lemon buttercream. The clientele bear all the hallmarks of being regulars and there’s a gentle bonhomie to the post Sunday service crowd. Go in peace.

  • High point: Victoria sponge
  • Low point: Salvation doesn't come cheap – these are Royal Mile prices
  • 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: Nothing
  • Capacity: 70–80
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2008