The Caley Picture House in Edinburgh – REVIEW

While traveling in Edinburgh for just a few days, I wanted to keep a budget because we were returning to London after a few days in Portugal. So I was pretty stoked that we were brought to this place, which definitely was a cheaper way of eating in Edinburgh!

We found The Caley Picture House, which used to be a movie theatre back in the day. It was totally up my alley because I majored in Film Studies, so I was getting a lot of nostalgic vibes after entering the restaurant, which is quite large!

A photo of Caley Picture House's interior, with a staircase on the right, and the stage on the left. Many light fixtures are hanging from the ceiling.


We actually went to this place two times in one day! We went for brunch just before 10am and the place was pretty empty. I got a half size of a traditional Scottish breakfast, which was only about £4. The prices were super reasonable for the amount of food that you get. It reminded me of El Furniture Warehouse here in Calgary, where every dish is just under $6.

My favorite part about my dish was the sweet potato cake/pastie. I’ve never had anything like it! It was crispy on the outside, and the inside was not too sweet and had mashed sweet potato inside.

A sunnyside egg, saucy beans, bacon, sausage and a pasti on a plate
Traditional Scottish breakfast with beans, sausage, bacon, an egg and sweet potato cake!
A photo of the menu which lists the different breakfast items at The Caley Picture House
The menu

I believe it’s so cheap because if you want any kind of drink (coffee, tea, non-alcoholic, alcoholic), you actually don’t get table service and have to place your order at the counter and get your drinks at the counter. The only table service you get is when the food is brought to your table and cleared. However, if you don’t want to get up and grab their own drinks/pay at the counter before getting their food, you can download their app on your phone, and place your order, then you’ll be brought your food/drinks directly from a server! Since it wasn’t busy at lunch, I don’t think a lot of people would use this feature at that time.

The food I had was really tasty and it filled me up even though it was a half-size (and I usually eat a lot!).

Evening Eats

Dinner time/late night was a different story. The restaurant is packed on both floors, and it was a bit tough at first to find a table. I ordered their standard veggie burger with chips (fries), but it wasn’t that great. The burger was deep fried, and dry… I should have opted for the luxury veggie burger instead. The burger I had was about £6 but it did come with a free drink.

Fries and veggie burger on a plate, next to beer on a black table
Haggis pizza and a veggie burger

There were a lot of younger people at the restaurant during this time, and it was only a weeknight!

The Verdict…

The prices are super affordable, you get a lot for what you pay for, and that the breakfast menu is great! Since my dinner wasn’t what I had hoped it to be, I would definitely be open to trying their other menu items!

If you’ve been to The Caley Picture House before, let me know in the comments about your experience!

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