Grand Café at The Scotsman

Grand Café at The Scotsman
20 North Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1TR
  • Telephone 0131 622 2999
  • Opening times 8–3am.
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 10am–11pm; Fri 10am–1am; Sat 9am–1am; Sun 9am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 10am–10pm; Sat/Sun 9am–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri noon–6pm
  • Average price £15 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15
  • Website grandcafeedinburgh.co.uk
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Grand Café at The Scotsman

A hotel brasserie in the grand tradition – expect marble pillars, twinkling chandeliers and shining mirrors from this beautiful restoration.

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No expense was spared in the recent refurbishment of the Scotsman Hotel’s Grand Café. The former newspaper advertising hall is a stunning venue, with huge marble pillars, pretty chandeliers and a beautiful balcony which draws the eye up to a gorgeously corniced ceiling. Added fixtures and fittings enhance the effect, with jewel-bright upholstery and marble-topped tables. There’s a real sense you’ve entered somewhere special, which sadly starts to drift away as you begin to sample the menu. Hummus with flatbread should be a safe option but lacks seasoning, and the burger – surely one of the mainstays of a bistro menu – is dry and cold. Things look up with fish and chips – the fish is flaky and batter is crisp, though adding chunky wedges rather than chips is a bit disappointing. A lot of thought and care has gone into this venue – a wee bit more needs to go into the food so that the Grand Café can take its rightful place as one of the city’s destination venues.

  • High point: A truly beautiful room
  • Low point: At the moment, it's a bit style over substance
  • Notable dish: Fish and chips
  • Average price: £15 (set lunch); £23 (dinner)

Inspired by the 'Grand Cafes' of Europe, the magnificent venue offers visitors a welcoming, relaxed drinking and dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions. Set within The Scotsman newspaper's former advertising hall, the spectacular space is filled with light, character and beautiful period features.

A fresh, light all day menu will take guests from early breakfasts, brunches and lunches through to afternoon teas and evening dining options - all created by Dundee-born Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Chris Niven, using ingredients from a handpicked selection of great Scottish producers.

During the evening the Grand Café will stay open till 3am with an in-house pianist taking requests into the early hours.

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  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £23 per bottle