Crombie’s is probably Edinburgh’s most celebrate butcher’s shop, with a well-deserved reputation for meaty excellence. What I didn’t realise, until last week, was that they have a hot takeout counter, as part of the shop, offering a range of hearty delights.


With a good array of pies, daily made specials, which today covered nice looking stews and pasta dishes, and burgers and soups, this was a pleasure to discover.

I must return to sample further items, particularly their macaroni pies, but today’s focus was on their burgers. I chose a cheeseburger, which was cooked freshly to order. I added their soup of the day, which was vegetable.


With goods in hand, for a ridiculously reasonable £3.60, I battled through the weather back to my hallowed place of business.

I firstly dealt with the burger, which comprised two slim burgers, a slice of cheese, salad crunch, and relishes. The meat was as packed with flavour as you would expect, with a nice amount of fat in the mix to give juicy joy to each bite. It would have been nicer to have more characterful cheese, but that was the only quibble with what was one of the best burgers I’ve sampled in Edinburgh, so far.


The soup was very good, too, with blended vegetables nicely spiced with warming cumin. It had a lovely, thick texture to it, that was just perfect for chasing away the coldness of this snowy afternoon.

So overall, I was very impressed with the takeout items on offer at Crombie’s. They really were excellent value. I look forward to my next visit, when I will sample more of their traditional delights. I’m sorry not to have discovered that this takeout counter existed, before now, as I can think of many times over the past months and years when a visit here would have hit the spot, perfectly.

Blythe scores Crombie’s
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: vegetable soup; cheeseburger

I drank: nowt

I wore: walking boots

Total bill: £3.60

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Written by BKR