The Story Café
- Telephone 0131 558 1333
- Food served Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; open until 9pm during performances at the centre. Closed Sun.
- Average price £8 (lunch)
- Pre-theatre price £6
- Website storycafe.co.uk
Homely, child-friendly café based in the Scottish Storytelling Centre and run by local social enterprise Comas.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
May 2016 has brought a change in the day-to-day running of the café within the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile. New operators Comas are an Edinburgh-based charity offering community support to, among other, adults recovering from addictions. Their original project, Serenity Café, operates from a discreet spot near the Holyrood Parliament; this is a step up in terms of profile and ambition. A spot worth knowing about right in the heart of the tourist strip, it runs as a mainstream daytime operation with coffees, teas, piled plates of homebaking and a lunchtime range of soups, salads, sandwiches and hot dishes. Look out for in particular for the daily soups, cheese scones, gluten-free and veggie options, and a couple of likeable kids' options. In tune with their location, they also ensure their family-friendly attitude keys into the storytelling focus of the venue as a whole, with early evening opening to coincide with shows and festivals, and a relaxed, easy-going vibe prevailing from breakfasts through to afternoon teas.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic
- Live entertainment: Storytelling and music etc
- Capacity: 30
- Open since: 2016 (as Comas Story Cafe)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £14 per bottle