Milk at Collective

Milk at Collective
City Observatory & City Dome, 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA
  • Telephone 013 556 1264
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–4pm.
  • Average price (set lunch); (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Sturdy sandwiches, tasty toasties and assorted sweets in a scenic setting atop Calton Hill.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Although this outdoor café requires a bit of effort to actually reach it, the walk up Calton Hill is worth it for the views alone – as well as for the promise of some first-class refreshment. Take the long way round from the path starting at Waterloo Place, enjoy the vista of Edinburgh and the Forth opening out below as you circle up the hill, then finally reach Milk’s grand doorway, leading to its open-air tables. There’s a soup – carrot and coriander is a typical choice – or toasties on sour-dough bread if warm food is needed; as well as speciality filled sandwiches such as Isle of Mull cheddar with caramelised tomato and balsamic chutney. Home-baking might be gluten-free carrot, coconut and cranberry cake or moist orange and almond with dark chocolate drizzle – just what you need to refuel. Excellent coffee and tea too.

  • High point: Fantastic views
  • Low point: Just not enough days in the year for outdoor eating
  • Notable dish: Cheese and ham toastie
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: N/A
  • Capacity: 4, but can sit anywhere on Calton Hill - this is a kiosk
  • Open since: 2014

Reviews & features

Christmas Food Q&A: Sam Mattocks – Milk

14 Dec 2015

Milk co-owner and chef Mattocks spruiks the humble cauliflower and shares her Christmas food secrets

I always make a side dish of French beans with orange zest, toasted hazelnuts and nut oil. This is great because you can prepare it in advance and serve at room temperature. If I am serving roasted root vegetables I like to glaze them with raspberry…