The Scottish Cafe
The Cafe is packed with Scottish delights ranging from Cullen Skink and hearty venison stews, to butteries, Dundee cake, shortbread and gingerbread. With scones and cakes baked freshly every morning, you can expect to choose from an array of beautifully decorated, delicious-tasting treats - just the thing to nibble on with a cup of (ethically sourced) coffee. Should you opt for a traditional Scottish scone you can be assured that the jam accompanying it will have also been made on the premises by one of the team - chutneys and pickles are all made on site too. The team here is acutely aware of The Scottish Cafe's environment, and there's even a herb garden for use in the kitchen come spring - the herbs cultivated here are the first to have been grown for consumption in the Princes Street Gardens since the First World War. Everything is recycled, and produce is sourced as locally as possible. James Dickson of Cockenzie's supplies The Scottish Cafe with his hand-sliced, oak-smoked haddock, Jeff Reid provides Isle of Mull Cheddar, honey comes from Tweedside and vegetables from East Lothian - and that's just a handful of the 45 artisan Scottish products on offer. Of course, The Scottish Cafe also provides a full whisky menu.
Not only does The Scottish Cafe serve beautiful food and maintain outstanding ethics, it also boasts a stunning interior. As befits an eatery within the National Gallery, The Scottish Cafe showcases Annie and Lackie Stewart's hand-woven Wooster wool and tweeds, as well handmade pottery and oak furniture designed and made in Scotland. So, if you're looking for lovingly prepared, authentic Scottish fare, your search is over.