Grass Roots

I seem to have gone off at a slightly alarming vegan tangent of late with trips to Picnic, Tempehtation, Harmonium and Face Plant. This trend continued with a visit to Grass Roots, a little cafe on Gilmore Place.


Styling itself as a “plant-based coffee bar and lifestyle store”, I’d previously popped in for a quick coffee and not been too impressed with their Espre espresso, but made a note to come back and give their food a go.

The interior has a nice selection of vegan and vegetarian ingredients for home cooking and has a bright and welcoming feel to it.

Although I was tempted by their pies, I’d tried a macaro-nae-cheese pie before so took a more conventional route with a smashed avocado and tomato roll. The avo was smashed to order and soon with me.


The roll was very generously portioned with a soft, springy and floury ciabatta brimming over with filling. It proved really good eating with the avocado brightly seasoned and flavour-packed. I liked it a lot.

So overall, Grass Roots looks to be adding positively to our growing range of vegan and plant-based places across the city. They served me a really good sandwich in enjoyably relaxed surroundings. I’d be happy to recommend it to you and will no doubt look in at some stage again in the future.

Blythe scores Grass Roots
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: mashed avocado and tomato ciabatta

I drank: water

I wore: red trousers

Total bill: £4.50

Address: 20 Lochrin Buildings, Gilmore Place, Edinburgh EH3 9NB

Written by BKR