Review: National Museum of Scotland


I seem to remember that before this closed, it was the Royal Museum, but as a bit of a republican I can’t say I’m unhappy about the change.

Since the museum reopened we’ve been there most weeks as both the kids love it and it is a warm and safe place for the kids to run around when outside is a bit more challenging.  This means we have eaten at the main cafe & also the small one in the Museum of Scotland several times.

The cafes are run by the same company that runs the cafe in the V&A in London and I assume various other places.  So it is disappointing that while their V&A cafe had excellent food labelling I knew exactly what we could and couldn’t have, the Edinburgh set up is missing these labels.  Except for during November when, for some reason, some of the cakes were labelled.  I can and have asked the staff but when they are busy they don’t always handle it gracefully.

That said, the cakes we can have (usually two – the apple cake and the almond and orange cake) are always tasty – moist and even the worthy seeming apple cake is spiced enough to be interesting.  And the salads can also be good – the ‘super food’ one in the picture consistently and there’s a nice chicken and soya bean noodle option sometimes so but the chicken and bulgar wheat one I tried yesterday was a bit dry and diet option like.

So, over all, I’m delighted there is food we can eat here but a combination of better labelling and a little bit more imaginative savoury cooking would make it more welcoming for people like my family.

About Nuala

Geeky feminist Irish woman living in Scotland. Has two daughters and a lot of yarn. Really likes hummus.
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