Spacious, buzzy venue serving healthy, filling food with plenty of flavour.
For filling up on healthy food or stretching out a morning over a couple of coffees, you can’t really beat the Summerhall Café. Airy and light, it has a backstage feel that reflects the clientele of visiting performers, resident artists, locals, and students seeking a sunny spot to plug into the WiFi. Chunky furniture from the Tim Stead workshop gives the place a comfortable solidity. A useful daytime menu of wraps, soups, pies, burgers and fish is supplemented by daily specials. Food is cooked to order, so expect to wait 20 minutes for a melting croque monsieur with a pretty artist’s palette of multi-coloured salad. Chef Emma Purves likes to explore the possibilities of vegan and vegetarian ingredients and a bolognese ragù made with barley and soya is dense with flavour and bite. Cakes, from Gluttony Cakes, are delicious and there's a wide selection of gluten-free treats. A great breakfast menu is served 8.30–11am and all day at weekends.
- Private dining: 40 (booked through Summerhall Events)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mix of indie, pop, country and bluegrass chosen to suit the clientele that day
- Live entertainment: Occasional performances of puppetry, theatre and music
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 30-40
- Open since: 2015