305 Cafe I noticed that the Colonial Coffee House – a place I did not enjoy on one brief visit – was no longer trading and a new place had sprung up from its ashes. Called 305 Cafe, I popped in to give it a look not long after it had opened.Exterior Indeed, it was …

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McNamara’s I’d popped in to a cafe on Lothian Road called McNamara’s a few weeks back and been charmed by the welcome. I’d been less impressed with the coffee but made a note to come back for lunch and see what their food was like. I made good on that on a recent Monday afternoon. …

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Castello Bruntsfield It was good news to see the second branch of Castello Coffee open a couple of months ago. I’ve been a devoted fan of their Castle Street branch since it opened back in 2012. On a sunbathed Saturday I popped in to take a look.Exterior I’d visited for coffee just after they opened …

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Roots Taking over the site previously occupied by Brass & Copper then the woefully misjudged Kristoff Koffee comes a fresh and breezy little cafe called Roots. With the motto ‘where good food doesn’t cost the Earth’ I popped in to see how they were doing.Exterior The place has had a homely refit. It feels quite …

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The Marshmallow Lady When we first started writing Lunchquest, the original idea – not to say the working title – was He Ate, She Ate. We weren’t looking to evoke gendered dining preferences but to give a dual perspective. With MJ and I this manifested as “precise in her requirements” (she) and “will shove anything …

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