Peter's Yard Café Quartermile
- Telephone 0131 228 5876
- Seasonal times Later hours in the summer
- Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–6pm; Sat/Sun 9am–6pm.
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Website www.petersyard.com
The home of Swedish baking, strong coffee, open sandwiches and conversation.
The café formerly known as Peter’s Yard (it’ll be changing its name to Söderberg later this year, and having a rebrand, but the date’s not confirmed yet) is a good spot for people watching under a fleecy blanket outdoors in the spring, or picking up a flat white and a cinnamon bun on the way to work. Because of its location on Middle Meadow Walk, it’s popular with students, who somehow have the funds for the reliably delicious, if slightly expensive selection of Swedish cakes, quality bread, continental breakfast trays and open sandwiches – try a heap of crayfish, dill and lime on a slice of their in-house brown bread for a very satisfying taste of Scandinavia. Pizza is no longer served at this branch (head a little further into Quartermile for Söderberg Pavilion if that’s what you’re craving), but they can still be relied upon for slices of pecan pie, almond-filled mazarin tarts, homemade soups and more. The glass-walled space has a bright, airy, Scandi feel, and the wooden counters along the windows come in handy if you need to do a bit of laptopping while uploading lovely pieces of pastry to your face.
- High point: Sitting outdoors with a strong coffee and sweet pastries
- Low point: Steep prices on some items
- Notable dish: Kanelbullar (cinnamon bun)
A unique store that deserves its reputation for integrity, Peter's Yard is a destination for foodies looking to treat themselves. This Swedish bakery focuses on quality rather than quantity. Three or four varieties of fresh artisan loaf include rye and sourdough, varying in flavour throughout the week, and they are famous for their knäckebröd (crispbread). Sandwiches, muffins, breakfasts and cakes are available to take away or enjoy on the premises, as well as a good range of teas and coffees.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 65 (40 outdoors)
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2007
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