The Edinburgh Press Club

The Press Club opened on Cockburn Street a little while back. I gave it a quick look but was not taken with their coffee so left them to bed-in and hopefully change their supplier. I returned to see how they were getting on, the other day.

I was joined by Pauline who’d previously almost had to acquire Houdini skills at the Clock Tower cafe.


The interior is try-hard hipster. It works pretty well although there are far too many filament lightbulbs. I quite liked it, though.

Sadly the coffee from Brodie’s remained. The cornerstone of Brodie’s business is serving you disappointing hot drinks at the end of meals in restaurants that should know better.

They’re local to Edinburgh but that’s as positive a comment as I can offer. The espresso was poor. I continue to hope for a supplier change as their product is not suitable for anywhere where coffee is a central part of the offering.

Lamb stew

Anyhoo, Pauline stuck to tea – fine by all accounts – while I required some sustenance. I opted for their hot dish of the day which was lamb stew.

This arrived very promptly with a goodly amount of dunking bread. It proved hearty eating with tender slow-cooked meat and rustic neep and carrot pieces. It had some light aroma from rosemary. It was a warming dish for a chilly day.

So overall, it was good to see the food offering at the Press Club on much better form than their beverage selection. It’s a smart place that they’ve clearly spent a bob or two on, so they should strongly consider stocking a coffee of commensurate calibre. I hope they do so very soon.

Blythe scores the Edinburgh Press Club
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s questers were: Pauline, Blythe

We ate: lamb stew

We drank: tea, espresso

We wore: black, blue

Total bill: £11.30

Address: 20-30 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1NY

Written by BKR