S Luca of Musselburgh

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S Luca of Musselburgh
S Luca of Musselburgh
16 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DB
  • Telephone 0131 446 0233
  • Opening times Mon––Sun 9am––10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.s-luca.co.uk
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This is tailor-made kiddie heaven. Enter the smart, wide fronting and forget your five-a-day: S Luca is about ice cream, sweets and treats. Downstairs there are counters piled with displays of child-oriented chocolate (i.e. a different target market to Coco Chocolate and the Chocolate Tree down the road) and at least 11 varieties of their famous ice-cream to scoop into a tub or squash onto a cone. If that’s not enough for one day, you can also buy up to two-litre cartons, or custom-made ice-cream cakes. Up the spiral staircase is a simple, canteen-style restaurant serving café classics – panini, hot breakfasts, pasta and pizza. Pudding’s really why you came though: tall, fruit-layered knickerbocker glories and cakes served with the ice-cream the family has been churning out in Musselburgh for three generations.

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The Bruntsfield outpost of Musselburgh’s S. Luca brings traditional Italian family ice-cream to south Edinburgh. The café is all purple, tiles and chrome, with seating tucked away under the surprisingly species eaves, as well as plenty of room downstairs alongside the takeaway ice-cream and sweetie counter. The ice-cream is still made in Musselburgh using Scottish milk and Italian ingredients and is available in a myriad of flavours, from mint choc chip to salted caramel. But it’s not just about ice-cream; the popular café serves breakfast, sandwiches and hot dishes like pasta and burgers along with crispy chips. Smaller portions for children and seniors are available along with plenty of strong coffee for parents, making it a fun, lively place for all ages.

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Caroline Rye visited S Luca of Musselburgh on 5 March 2018
  • High point: Something for everyone, from small kids to grandparents
  • Low point: Sweet temptations before you get to your table
  • Notable dish: Amarena cherries ice-cream
  • Average price: £10 (lunch); £12 (dinner)
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 6 Music
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: No bookings
  • Open since: 1999
  • BYOB: £2 corkage (Wine and beer)

Reviews & features

Ice Cream

1 Jun 2009

Ice-cream queen Joanne Eadie tells us about her love affair with Luca’s of Musselburgh and decides to go for a wee tasting session. Any excuse, really.

Ice cream days: growing up in an old school ice cream parlour

1 May 2009

Mary Contini of Valvonna & Crolla describes her enviable upbringing

It took two men, my father and Tommy Dougal, to lift up each milk churn and tip it into the stainless-steel vat. It could be four or five churns at a time – even more in July and August when the factory was working at full capacity. Once the 20-gallon…