The Story Café

The Story Café
The Story Café
Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
  • Telephone 0131 558 1333
  • Seasonal times Open later during the Festival and on performance evenings.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; open until 9pm during performances at the centre. Closed Sun.
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Homely, child-friendly café based in the Scottish Storytelling Centre and run by local social enterprise Comas.

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The Story Café at the Scottish Storytelling Centre is managed by Comas, a charity supporting people with health, mental health and social problems. It both provides work for the individuals the charity supports and raises much-needed funds for its work. The menu is a winning blend of the contemporary and the traditional, complementing the artistic programme in this much-loved landmark. From the daily changing blackboard menu Cullen skink has thick chunks of fish and a pleasingly coarse potato texture, while beef brisket stovies are outstandingly tender. Look out for weekly highlights like slow-braised lamb rogan josh, avocado or black pudding with poached egg on toast, plus filled morning rolls and a good range of vegan or gluten-free scones and traybakes.

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David Pollock visited The Story Café
  • High point: These are the stovies you’ve been looking for
  • Low point: The busy location might not be to everyone's taste
  • Notable dish: Roast butternut squash and sweet potato dhal with tumeric rice and naan bread.
  • Average price: £10.50 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Storytelling and music etc
  • Capacity: 35 (8 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2016 (as Comas Story Cafe)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £14 per bottle