Festival Theatre Café
- Telephone 0131 560 2937
- Bar open Mon–Sat 9am–6pm (or to curtain down)
- Food served Mon–Sat 9am–6pm (or to curtain down)
- Average price £11 (lunch)
- Website www.edtheatres.com/cafe
A versatile spot, equally at home serving tea and scones during the day or champagne during the opera.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Completing their transformation from Th’Eatery with a refurbishment in January 2016, the Festival Theatre Café’s new look adds warmth to the light flooding in its glass front, and nods to the oh-so-popular Scandinavian style. The menu features a nice range of fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as a short but well-chosen list of seasonal dishes that wouldn't look out of place in a bistro. The likes of perfectly baked coconut and herb crusted hake with ratatouille or confit pork belly with black pudding and a sweet pear and celeriac mash are a welcome surprise in a café, reflecting an adaptability that serves its location well. The bar is well stocked to refresh the varied theatre crowds from juices for the pantomime to G&Ts for musicals. Although there are no beers on tap, the ever-changing bottled and canned range is carefully chosen and the wine list has something for everyone.
- High point: Quality culinary skills in a café
- Low point: Wines are on the pricey side
- Private dining: 60 (can hire whole space)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Acoustic easy listening classics
- Live entertainment: Theatre
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £20 per bottle