Mums Great Comfort Food

Mums Great Comfort Food
4a Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN
  • Telephone 0131 260 9806
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 10am–10pm.
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Comfort food by name and by nature; Mums offers starch, carbs and good, old-fashioned nostalgia.

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Kicking hangovers squarely in the unmentionables since 2003, Mums started life as Monster Mash before changing name seven years' ago. Happily, the basic premise has endured: comfort food like you’d get at your parents’ minus the Spanish inquisition about your love life. Sitting in the retro-inspired diner alongside students slurping their boozy milkshakes, it becomes clear this place is about as far away from fine dining as it is possible to be. But that only works in Mums' favour: it serves delicious, unpretentious classics quickly and in huge portions, set to the soundtrack of a bygone era. You can pimp the café’s famous sausage and mash to your own specifications thanks to a variety of banger and potato options (the veggie sausages and black pudding and apple mash are highlights), while shepherd’s pie with lamb shoulder mince proves that Mums’ chefs know their way round the salt and pepper shakers. A fun, informal alternative to the city’s upmarket establishments that never teeters into parody.

  • High point: Hangover food with quality ingredients
  • Low point: Portions so large it's hard to find room for pudding
  • Notable dish: Sausage and mash
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nostalgic / indie
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle