- Telephone 0131 624 6421
- Seasonal times August: Mon–Thu 10am–5.30pm
- Bar open Sun 12.30–4.30pm.
- Food served Fri–Wed 10am–4.30pm; Thu 10am–6.30pm. Lunch noon–3pm, cakes & snacks at other times.
- Average price £7.50 soup and sandwich (set lunch)
- Website www.heritageportfolio.co.uk
Food that nourishes the body in a location that nourishes the mind
With its grand gothic architecture and high ceilings, this venue emits a rarefied air. Odds are diners here have also come to explore the remarkable artwork, but the food is as varied and restorative as the portraiture. There’s a rotating selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and mains. Salads are particularly noteworthy – the courgette, feta and pea salad is zingy, peas sweet and fresh and courgettes lemony, while the carrot, nigella seed, almond and goat’s cheese salad is sweet and moreish. A pastrami sandwich, spicy and satisfying, comes with pesto, rocket and gherkin. The café has a reputation for its sweets and slices, and while the temple-achingly sweet cherry bakewell lacks depth of flavour, the scones are cloud-like in lightness and subtly cinnamony. Most impressively, a humble salted caramel brownie is reimagined as a brownie millionaire’s slice (a layer of thick chocolate capping the fudgy saline caramel), and is every bit as brilliant as that would suggest.
- High point: Beautifully fresh salads, lovingly prepared
- Low point: Sandwiches are fairly pricey
- Notable dish: Carrot salad with nigella seeds, almonds and goat's cheese
- Private dining: Up to 35 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Live entertainment: Occasional music events, bands on Thursdays, events during festival
- Capacity: 190
- Largest group: 35 in snug, 2 meeting rooms, one 30, one 45
- Open since: Dec 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £23 per bottle