One of Artmag’s favourite galleries has expanded its good work into catering. The Café on the Corner in Edinburgh’s Hill Street (near North Castle Street) has been opened by Autism Ventures Scotland, which is responsible to the Gallery on the Corner in Northumberland Street. Like the gallery, the café is a social enterprise which will help adults with autism realise their potential by giving them opportunities to learn new skills in a real working environment. That aside, this is a great wee coffee shop, serving homemade food using seasonal produce. There’s a daily soup, paninis, bagels and breakfast rolls.
The fillings are both traditional and imaginative, with the “True Scot” bagel of Scottish smoked salmon, lime cream cheese and rocket particularly appealing. Then there’s the mouth-watering baking – again made on the premises – to go with the fresh brewed coffee or tea. The rocky road was deliciously chocolately in its traditional quirky crunchy-soft style. The café is a light airy haven tucked away from the bustle of George Street and, with a small art gallery on its walls, you could come away with even more than a hearty lunch.
Café on the Corner, 24a Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JZ.