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The Engine Shed

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19 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh EH8 9SH, Scotland
0131 662 0040
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic place :)

This is one of Edinburgh's hidden gems and I can't believe it is closing. Very good food, warm and welcoming cafe, and the best tofu and oatcakes I have ever had. Edinburgh will be worse without it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is one of Edinburgh's hidden gems and I can't believe it is closing. Very good food, warm and welcoming cafe, and the best tofu and oatcakes I have ever had. Edinburgh will be worse without it.

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Bude
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Had a very nice soup, roll and coffee at the Engine Shed on a cold blustery Edinburgh day and was grateful for it! I didn't take much notice of the menu as I knew what I was after (stomach was rumbling!), but I understand it is veggie only. A nice relaxed atmosphere in there and that goes a long way!... More 

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Troon, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Having just discovered this most amazing place (good food, reasonable prices, great service) only to learn it will be closing in March 2015 because of lack of funding from Edinburgh council. This restuarant/cafe not only provides training etc for people with learning disabilities but has a bakery and also makes tofu.

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Troon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We are vegetarians, and just discovered 'The Engine Shed (vegetarian) Cafe' today for the first time. It is a surprise to walk up the unprepossessing stairway and walk into such a spacious cafe with such a warm atmosphere. Food is tasty and staff friendly. They bake their own bread, make their own tofu. All splendid. My partner and I looked... More 

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West Lothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Great value, tasty lunch. And a very big thank you to the very helpful staff who not only found the document that fell out of my husband's pocket but posted it back to us. Highly recommended.

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Fantastic vegetarian wonderful food great place to eat with family easily to park and value for money is amazing !!!

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victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been coming to Edinburgh over past 3 years, Daughter is in Uni from Australia. She lives near the Innocent track/bike tunnel that was the train line to the Engine Shed. Daughter and I eat here often. The food is tasty, flavoursome, healthy, generous serves, very affordable for uni students. We also buy their tofu which is organic. (Tofu... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I cannot praise the Engine Shed highly enough. Every time I go I'm reminded why I love it so much. The food is simply outstanding - I'd even go as far as to say the best vegan food in Edinburgh at present - and the generous portions suit me just fine. The last time I was there I had the... More 

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Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I have been a few times now and am never been disappointed. Good location close to the Commonwealth Pool and Salisbury Crags. The building is a converted Engine Shed, hence the name. A short walk takes you to the Innocent Railway, which runs through a tunnel - watch out for bikes! Food excellent, leaning towards salad and vegetarian, but there... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

First ever visit and i can assure you i will be back food and service are excellent i would ask everyone to visit at least ones

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Address: 19 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh EH8 9SH, Scotland
Phone Number: 0131 662 0040
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
Cuisine: Vegetarian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh EH8 9SH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: 0131 662 0040

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

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Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.