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The Auld Hoose, 23-25 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QN.

What: Vegan friendly pub on the southside of Edinburgh. Serves meat, vegetarian and vegan.

 Prices: Reasonable.

 Vegetarian/vegan menu sample: No Sunday roast is served, contrary to other reviews. Vegetarian Breakfas £7.25 Veggie Sausages, Mushrooms, Hash Browns, Veggie Haggis, Baked Beans and a Fried Egg, Crispy Onion rings £6.00 Served with Sour Cream, Guacamole and Sweet Chilli Dips

Chilli £7.00 Served with rice Choose between Beef or Five Bean Chilli(vegan) Add Cheese, Sour cream(vegetarian), Vegan cheese, Guacamole, or Jalapeño‎(vegan) for 70p each Burrito – Chicken or Vegetarian(vegetarian, vegan option) £8.25 Served with rice and salad

Mushroom, Spinach & Hazelnut Pie £9.25 Served with chips Haggis or Vegetarian Haggis(vegan) £7.25 Served with neeps and tatties

Beef Chilli or Five Bean Chilli(vegetarian), topped with cheese, jalapeño‎s, sour cream, and guacamole The Hoose Regular Nachos £9.00 Beef, Vegetarian(vegetarian) or Vegan(vegan) To share between two or for the really hungry! The Hoose Gigantic Nachos £15.50 Beef or Vegetarian(vegetarian) The largest nachos in Edinburgh to share between three to five people…

Drinks: None of the ales on tap were vegan. They do have a book which indicates which of there beers are vegan. All the usual pub drinks served.

Service: Ernest and responsive. If the bar staff were unsure of whether an item was vegan or not they found out.


Comfortable? It was empty when we were there on a Sunday afternoon. No televisions, which is a relief. Gothic music.

Was the food good? We ordered the onion rings and chips. They weren’t good. The onion rings might appeal to those who are fond of onion rings that approximately doughnuts rather than batter adhering to rings of sliced onion. The dips were good and the portions of them very generous. The chips were not great.

Toilets: Adequate.


My advice to the chef: Do proper onion rings. Consider a vegan burger that isn’t falafal as this is the offering all over Edinburgh and one quickly tires of it.

My advice to the manager: Vegan hotdogs would be a good addition to the menu. And a vegan ale. Please contemplate adding a bit more variety to the jukebox.

Overall: Skip the onions and try something else. Don’t go out of your way to get here, but if you’re in the neighbourhood it’s worth giving it a shot. It’s a reasonable place to lament the closure of Black Bo’s.


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

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

Potatoland, 82 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PT, Scotland

What: Baked potato take-away, close to Pollock Halls.

Prices: Cheap. Baked potato with a hot filling around £3.50.

 Vegetarian menu: Okay. Veggie haggis, baked beans, cheese, coleslaw salad, sweetcorn, pickle, onion, sour cream.

 Drinks: Cold drinks, e.g., cans.

 Service: Very good, friendly. They use different spoons, etc., for the meat and veg products.

 Comfortable? It’s a take-away, but there is space for two or three people to sit.

 Was the food good? This reviewer really enjoyed the baked potato with veggie haggis and baked beans. They mash the potato up first, with butter and salt, and then add the toppings. The potato was nicely done, no hard bits in the mash. Baked beans were heated in the microwave, though. It might be nicer to heat them in a pot.

Toilets: Not tested.

 My advice to the chef: Perhaps introduce some other veggie options. Avocado, perhaps? Olives? Mushrooms?

 My advice to the manager: As above.

Overall: A good spot to pick up a filling, veggie take-away. This reviewer will return.

Baked potato

Baked potato







David Bann’s, 56-58 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX (just off the Royal Mile), Scotland

What: Vegetarian restaurant which seems to aspire to fine dining.

 Prices: Mains around £12, soup £3.60, salad £7.65.

 Vegetarian menu: Everything is vegetarian.

 Drinks: Juices, coffee, wine and more.

 Service: Awful. The waiter came over to take my order before I had even had a chance to look at the menu. He neglected to pour water for me, though I did see him pouring water at other tables. At no point did he return to fill my glass. My starter dish was not cleared from the table until the waiter brought the main and even then he seemed to think that I should help him to move the plate. At no point was I asked if I was enjoying my meal. When I dropped my fork nobody came to offer assistance and I had to spend a while trying to attract attention. When a waitress did bring a new fork it was in her hand and not on a tray, as I would expect in a restaurant. When I was leaving four staff were gathered around the door gossiping and could clearly be overheard swearing. They did not say goodbye to me or wish me a nice evening. Among the worst service I have ever encountered.

 Comfortable? Yes. The table was big and solid, the tablecloths and napkins were of good quality, the chair was comfortable and it was pleasantly quiet. There is a generous amount of space between tables.

 Was the food good? Less than adequate. The olive starter consisted of seven big olives in plenty of olive oil and were of good quality. The bread served with them was okay, it could be better, and was also served with olive oil. It was enjoyable. In comparison the main was a big disappointment. Aubergine was listed as the main ingredient but one could barely taste it. The lentils were bland. The gravy was okay. There was a bizarre piece of puff pastry placed on the top. It wasn’t integrated into the meal, it was just a plain piece of puff pastry resting atop the rest of the food. I have no idea what the chef thinks this adds to the meal. Overall, it was a bland meal of potatoes and gravy with some lentils wrapped in barely-there aubergine (it was sliced as thinly as it could have been and there were only two slices). Very disappointing and boring. The water jug was nice and had some fruit in it. The wine was good.

 Toilets: Very poor. Down many steps. On the dingy side and they didn’t even flush well.

 My advice to the chef: There is an excellent vegetarian restaurant in Brighton called “Terre-a-Terre”. I suggest you look to their menu (they also have a cookery book available) where you can learn just how inspired vegetarian cooking can be. The menu here is boring.

 My advice to the manager: In my opinion all of the staff here need extensive training. The toilets need to be done up to match the price of the food.

 Overall: Understaffed and overpriced. Very uninspired menu. This reviewer won’t be returning. Edinburgh is very vegetarian friendly. It’s easy to do a lot better than here.

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