The Festival Theatre Café

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The Festival Theatre Café
13–29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT
  • Telephone 0131 622 8097
  • Bar open Performance days: bar open until the show's interval.
  • Food served Performance days: Mon–Sat 10am–7.30pm; Sun noon–2.30pm. Non-performance days: Mon–Sat 10am–4pm. Closed Sun.
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Light and spacious café in the Festival Theatre's atrium with a focus on local suppliers.

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Taking advantage of the floor to ceiling glass frontage, the Festival Theatre Café has all the advantages of al fresco seating without the risk of a sudden downpour ruining your sandwich. More than just a place to grab a glass of wine during the interval, the bar displays a choice of freshly made sandwiches, fluffy focaccias and Middle Eastern-inspired salads. Bread rolls from Manna House Bakery are filled with simple but effective combinations. The mackerel pâté carries a hint of lemon zest and is paired with the satisfying crunch of celery while the quinoa packs a deliciously spicy punch. But it’s the generous bowls of soup, courtesy of Union of Genius, that are the star of the show. Cakes and bakes from Alplings finish things off, and the light and crumbly Bakewell slice makes for a sweet encore.

The List's rating






Suzy Pope visited The Festival Theatre Café on 14 January 2019
  • High point: Sustained use of local suppliers
  • Low point: Obviously, things get crowded during the matinée performances
  • Notable dish: Union of Genius soup
  • Average price: £9 (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: Theatre events.
  • Capacity: 70 (12 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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