April 25, 2017 Old Town, soup 1 Comment

Proven Dough Deli

The arrival of a new Premier Inn is rarely an occasion to get the culinary bunting out, but when Hub by Premier Inn arrived as part of the New Waverley development I was intrigued. I’d quite enjoyed the cafe in their branch in Covent Garden when working in London – more for the atmosphere than the food, really – so was keen to see whether this one would be to a similar standard.


The cafe is called the Proven Dough Deli which is quite a catchy name. The interior keeps up the smart feel with a blend of different seating options and ample charging points for weary business travellers to charge their devices.

Their menu covers a range of breakfast, light lunch and snack options. From it I chose their three bean and Italian sausage soup then followed with their macaroni cheese with chicken and chorizo meatball. Both were available as takeaway by I opted to sit-in.


The opt-in presentation was hilarious. Both cardboard tubs arrived together atop a large slate. I just about lost it. It will live on in the annals of hilarious We Want Plates aggravating silliness for many a long day.

Once I had composed myself, I tucked in. The soup was more of a hearty stew and volcanically hot. It was a solidly good effort.

The mac n cheese was pretty good, too. It was simple, unsophisticated fare but it was precisely what was needed to address middle of the day hunger.

Pots on slate

So overall, Proven Dough is doing fine work. Their slate presentation was daft – and please stop it immediately – but their food and ambience were a good couple of notches better than you would expect from this sort of place.

There are better cafes and eateries in the neighbourhood but if you find yourself staying at the hotel or invited to meet someone staying here for a quick snack I’m confident that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Blythe scores Proven Dough
3.5/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: three bean and Italian sausage soup; mac and cheese with chicken ans chorizo meatball one-pot

I drank: water

I wore: pinstripes

Total bill: £9

Address: 37 East Market Street, Edinburgh EH8 8FR

Written by BKR