“Social enterprise cafés don’t come much more professional or enticing than the Drill Hall Café”
The List Eating and Drinking Guide 2018/19

…a gem of a cafe…” 
The List Eating and Drinking Guide 2017/18

Our Food

We strive to use fresh, organic, free-range, fair trade and local ingredients wherever possible, and to support neighboring businesses with a similar ethos. We believe food that is in-season and has enjoyed an uncompromised journey to your plate simply tastes better.

All our hot main dishes are prepared on the premises using fresh ingredients. Cakes and bakes are oven-fresh: kneaded into life and whisked together by our inspired team. We offer a great range of vegetarian and meat options.


Catering and Delivery Service

The café is available for catering your event, whether it be boardroom lunches, wine and cheese for exhibition openings or specialty dishes to suit your event. Contact Chris in the café to discuss your needs. Find out more and see our Drill Hall catering menu.
A LA KART is the new Cargo Bike delivery social enterprise from the Out of the Blue Drill Hall Arts Café. Outside catering, hearty and wholesome and freshly made to your meeting or event. Find out more and see the A LA KART menu.


Training Scheme

A key part of the café ethos is an ongoing initiative to train and employ young people in this working hospitality environment. Each trainee will join us for a six month period, during which time they’ll gain the knowledge and experience as well as the skills and confidence to step out into the industry… and beyond. Find out more about our Training Scheme.


Special events

The café set up popular events such as Bruncheon! combining a yummy brunch menu with live music performed by local artists and the monthly Freeze Frame Film Club. We contribute to The Out of the Blue Drill Hall’s regular Arts Markets and Flea Markets with our creative menus and we cater for meetings, parties, exhibition launches and for other occasions that take place at the Drill Hall. expo, wiff waff, makers marque



Cheese comes from I. J. Mellis, the specialist cheesemonger with several shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Bread (apart from morning rolls) comes from The Manna House, the trendiest and tastiest of artisan bakeries, just around the corner on Easter Road.  Meat comes from Bellevue Butcher’s in McDonald Place. We buy fish from Welch’s, a Leith company of long standing. Fresh fruit and veg come from various places, including an allotment in Craigentinny (which is also where café compost goes) and Phantassie Organic Farm in East Lothian. Eggs are from Edinburgh Community Food. Coffee from co-operative communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Morning rolls come from The Sicilian Bakery on Albert Street. Organic drinks and dry goods come from Greencity Wholefoods, a Glasgow-based workers’ co-operative and supplier to retailers and restaurants. Organic milk comes from Graham’s Family Dairy, near Stirling.

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  • stewart burton
    stewart burton
    16:36 11 May 19
    Fabulous location for art show..the light was perfect right out of the blue
    Gareth Timms
    Gareth Timms
    16:49 09 May 19
    great community resource. nice people great cafe
    Brooke Hetherington
    Brooke Hetherington
    08:52 05 May 19
    Great little place always holding different events, good to keep an eye out for. Good coffee in adorable tea cups. Absolutely love when they hold the vintage kilo sale!
    Felicity Jean Edmond
    Felicity Jean Edmond
    00:44 08 Apr 19
    Great, multi-use space with a café, a central events hall, artists studios and an aerial practice studio. The staff seem friendly and helpful and they have variety of interesting events on.
    Joyce Moore
    Joyce Moore
    17:40 05 Apr 19
    My daughter had a stall there last week. She thought it was brilliant and hopes to repeat next month.
    Steven Morgan
    Steven Morgan
    14:51 24 Mar 19
    Wonderful classic and vintage finds. A brilliant mix - thank you!
    M. Adams
    M. Adams
    22:46 12 Feb 19
    Great place... The antique/collectors Fair is one of the best around.... Nice and relaxed, nice atmosphere.
    Lauren Stonebanks
    Lauren Stonebanks
    21:44 15 Dec 18
    A lovely arts centre and cafe with a focus on being green. They have interesting exhibitions and events and a monthly flea market as well as lots of craft fairs. They have an accessible toilet too.
    jacob louis hoover
    jacob louis hoover
    12:56 01 Aug 18
    Quite amazing food. Good spot to sit, if not put together with particular care.
    Caitlin Watt
    Caitlin Watt
    12:48 28 Jul 18
    Staff are lovely and friendly. Lovely black pudding rolls! Love looking around the flee market there so many different things to look at and buy
    Laura Robertson
    Laura Robertson
    12:34 14 Jul 18
    What a great place. Live music brunch today. Art exhibition. Great value food. Shh, keep it a secret ;-)
    Daniel Hughes
    Daniel Hughes
    09:27 05 Jul 18
    Beautiful place. Visited an exhibition here and the interior itself was absolutely wonderful. Friendly staff on hand and I would highly recommend
    Andrew Deans
    Andrew Deans
    09:53 30 Jun 18
    The market was way better than I thought! Lots of treasures for ladies and men! Lots of jewelry, save yourself the time in the shops and come here!
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    Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm

  • We are a Green Arts Venue 2014