Earthy Canonmills

Earthy Canonmills
Earthy Canonmills
1–6 Canonmills Bridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5LF
  • Telephone 0131 556 9696
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–8pm; Sun 9am–6pm (shop).
  • Seasonal times Edinburgh Festival till 1am (last orders 11pm)
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–7pm.
  • Average price £12 (lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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Cool café-bistro with a strong ethical approach to sourcing.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Earthy by name and earthy by nature, this thriving rustic-style café bistro with its rough wood tables and quirky lighting is a little bit Marmite, but if you like it, you’ll be back for more faster than you can say ‘seasonal, local and organic’. A shop that’s like a who’s who of worldwide Fairtrade and artisan produce (with a busy trade in takeaway sandwiches and salads) underpins a sit-in menu to take you from breakfast and brunch through to bistro supper. Fresh soups, salads and dips such as sweet potato pepped up with ginger, cumin and pretty pomegranate seeds come with a selection of excellent artisan breads. There's a notable drinks list (13 wines by the glass) too. Lovely desserts like damson and brioche pudding will leave you replete, though in no shape to run for the bus if you’ve just had a hefty main such as venison ragù with kale polenta. For breakfast, for brunch, for coffee and cake until it’s time for a beer, for snacks, salads and sharing, Earthy is as convivial as a kitchen supper.

  • High point: Great ingredients, flavours and lots for sharing
  • Low point: A few unloved corners need some TLC
  • Notable dish: Damson and brioche pudding
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Blues
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

Reviews & features

Edinburgh restaurants Earthy Canonmills and The Gardener's Cottage excel in ethically sourced food

12 Aug 2012

Both Earthy Canonmills and The Gardener’s Cottage share a resolute focus on finding the best seasonal and local ingredients and then treating them as lightly as possible, along the way blazing a path for produce-led, accessible cooking. Is this the…