With an offering that essentially replicates what they served during the Festival, they have a little (but only a little) more spacious premises. The good news for diners is that it’s a good deal more sheltered than their previous place, with three large wooden tables with accompanying benches located just next to the observatory dome.On this visit I tried their pastrami, cheese and caramelized onion sandwich. It was a monster. I really enjoyed it, particularly the interplay of the wonderfully sweet onions and the peppery meat.
I tried one of their coconut, carrot and raisin muffins, in a rare departure to the sweet side of the menu. I enjoyed it muchly.Given that the top of the Calton Hill tends to be a rather chilly and windswept place, even on the sunniest days, I think the addition of soup to the menu would be welcomed, but I understand that they’re very pressed for space so perhaps this just isn’t logistically possible.
So overall, I was delighted to see this place established on a more permanent footing. The views from the hill are spectacular, as countless postcards have shown, so it’s worth a trip up the hill to drink in the view, periodically. It’s rather nice that you can now grab a cuppa or a tasty snack when there, too, as well as sampling some work from new and emerging artists.
I ate: pastrami sandwich; coconut, carrot and raisin muffin
I drank: espresso
I wore: lilac shirt
Total bill: £7.30