Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take reservations?

No! Because we are so small, we can’t take reservations. However, even during our busiest periods our servers should be able to seat you within 15-20 minutes, and we have a comfy area where you can wait for a table. 

Why is the sign outside a different name?

Like much of Edinburgh’s historic center, the building we are in is listed. The sign above our cafe belongs to the business that was there before, but without permission (which takes a wee while and a lot of paperwork) we can’t change it! We always have a vinyl sign attached to the railings (unless it is very windy) and have a Happy Cow sticker in our window.

Do you do Gluten Free options?

Yes! Most of our burgers and at least two of our sandwiches can be served on our homemade gluten free buckwheat bread, as well as our soup and salads. We also do our best to ensure at least one of our cake options is gluten free, although these can sell out fast! However, it is important to note that whilst we can prepare dishes with no gluten containing ingredients, and take allergies very seriously and follow all the procedures to prevent cross-contamination, the kitchen is not a gluten free zone and we regularly bake bread in it, which means flour in the air etc, so we can’t guarantee there will be no traces of gluten. 

I am allergic to [X], can I eat here?

We will always do our best to accommodate guests with allergies. Get in touch with us beforehand if you want some advice about what on our menu would be suitable. When you’re here, make sure to let your server know and they will liaise with the kitchen. We have allergen guides available.

Do you have level access?

Unfortunately we are located in a basement down a flight of stairs. If you need any help or assistance on the steps, please ask our servers who will be more than happy to help!

Is everything vegan?

Yes!

I love your [X] cake, when will you have some in?

We don’t have a formal rota for our cakes, as we prefer to make them fresh according to demand and we love to experiment with new recipes too. If you’re just dying for a slice of our Raffaello cheesecake, or our Gluten Free Bannofee Pie then get in touch and we will do our best to let you know when/if it will be available!

Do you cater events/parties?

Yes. We have some catering options. To find out more please get in touch.

Do you do whole cakes to order?

Yes. We can do any of our standard cakes to order as well as work to any specifications you may have (gluten-free, particular flavours/icing). We need at least two days notice, and charge between £40-45 for whole cakes. We will provide all allergen information. Please get in touch if you’re interested!

Are you dog friendly?

Yes. We’d love to meet your furry companions!

Are you child friendly?

Yes! As well as being able to make half portions of our sandwiches, smoothies, soup and chips we can provide some freshly cut fruit for babies/toddlers who are weaning, as well as hot water to heat up your own baby food. We have a high chair, coloring books and toys, and can easily make space for prams and pushchairs. And if your wee one asks our servers very nicely they’ll even turn our soup board into a drawing board for their latest masterpiece!

Your question not been answered? Get in touch on facebook or through holycow.vegancafe@gmail.com