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Edinburgh First, Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, Scotland

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What: University of Edinburgh accommodation complex which operates as a bed and breakfast during the summer.

 Prices: Breakfast is included in the price of room.

Vegetarian menu: Surprisingly good. There are several stations providing the usual British fry-up and a separate station for a hot vegetarian breakfast. This is excellent as it means that there is no risk of somebody dipping a spoon used on meat into the veggie options. Hot veggie food: veggie haggis, veggie sausages, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes and baked beans. Another station also offers pancakes and maple syrup. Soya milk is provided for cereals. Large selection of fresh fruit and fruit compotes. Toaster to make your own toast. Pastries. Breads.

Drinks: Soft drinks, tea, coffee, milk, fruit juices from a fountain (the pineapple, at least, was very watery).

 Service: It’s a buffet, but each hot station has somebody working at it, and there is a lot of help available.

 Comfortable? It’s a huge canteen catering for hundreds of people at a time. However, it’s very well managed and is actually comfortable enough. You’ll likely have to share a long table with strangers.

Was the food good? Yes, it was very good, especially considering the price. The veggie haggis was fun and filling and the veggie sausage was above average. Pancakes were good, if a little cold. All in all, it is an excellent buffet for vegetarians.

 Toilets: Adequate.

 My advice to the chef: Keep up the good work.

My advice to the manager: As above.

 Overall: Nearly all tastes are catered to. Excellent value for money. This reviewer would return.

Pancakes, hash brown, veggie sausage

Pancakes, hash brown, veggie sausage


Veggie haggis, hash brown, veggie sausage, baked beans

Veggie haggis, hash brown, veggie sausage, baked beans

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