600
home-baked cakes
eaten every week

27
varieties of tea
to choose from

140
eggs boiled, baked, fried
or scrambled each week

150
bowls of home-made soup
served every day

480
fruit skewers enjoyed
each week

Food & Drink

Enjoy fresh, tasty and energy boosting food every day, all freshly prepared for you on-site. You can choose from simple refreshments and nibbles, a delicious fresh buffet or an express three-course meal in the restaurant, giving you the flexibility to fit around your schedule and budget.

On-site restaurant

Having a restaurant on-site gives you the opportunity to enjoy a change of scene from your event room, allow delegates to catch up and sit in a relaxed environment, breaking up the day.

Breakfasts and lunches are all cooked to order so your food is kept fresh and you don’t have to queue for it. You’ll be given a time for your lunch to ensure you can walk straight into the restaurant when you arrive and get back to your event in good time, even if you’ve opted for all three courses!

The lunch menu changes every day so that if you’re with us for a whole week or more, you can select a different option everyday. Sam carefully puts together the menus to ensure there are healthy options with energy and brain boosting ingredients like pesto, beans, grains and nuts. Of course you may prefer something more traditional.

Starters always include a home-cooked soup packed with vegetables, never thickening agents! There are two hot main dishes and a daily salad special on the menu everyday, as well as jacket potatoes, wraps, sandwiches and baguettes. You may fancy a dessert too and can choose something a little naughty, whilst there is always fruit salad and cheese & biscuits. There really is something for everyone.

Breakfast is freshly cooked too and you can enjoy sausage, egg or bacon in a roll or on toast, as well as a selection of cereals, yoghurts and fruit.

Everyone commented on how lovely the food was

Absolutely excellent venue for our week long event. 5 star service. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was.

Scotland IHI design week

Restaurant was great

Very well run training centre. Staff have thought of everything to make people's experience positive. Restaurant was great. Wow!

Scottish Parliament

Really great feedback on lunch from our participants

Fantastic venue and really, really high quality service and care from staff. Really great feedback on lunch from participants - much better than the usual food from other venues. 10/10

KSB SNN

Impressive choice of food

My delegates are invariably impressed with the choice of food on offer at lunchtime.

Newleaf

Freshly prepared buffets

All our buffets are freshly prepared on-site, using local produce where possible, and are carefully selected to give pleasure as well as calories!

You can select the menu that fits with your delegates as well as with your budget and if you have any specific requests we’d be delighted to accommodate you where possible.

There is always a lovely choice of fillings for sandwiches and wraps, with plenty of additional, delicious eats like chorizo and olive bruschetta, hot BBQ chicken wings, sweet potato curry bites, grilled halloumi and red onion skewers, mini peppered steak pies.

Let us know what you fancy and we’ll help you to delight your group.

A nice fresh buffet with dietary requirements catered for

Bright, pleasant atmosphere, central location and nice fresh buffet with dietary requirements catered for, thanks!

Mecopp

The quality and range of buffet food was unusually good

The quality and range of buffet food was unusually good; fresh, apparently home made and genuinely tasty. (No curled up, dry bread!) What a difference that makes. The soft drinks provided spoke of quality and plenty was laid out.

NUJ Training Scotland

Fantastic catering

Lunch was good, tasty and filling. The catering was fantastic!

Scotland Excel

The amazing lunch made the delegate experience second to none

The environment has always been geared for learning and the overall facilities of the coffee lounge along with the amazing lunch that's provided by chef Sam makes the delegate experience second to none.

Full Circle

Fresh tea and coffee

When you’re a tea or coffee lover, you know all too well how a great cup can really lift your whole day, while a poor one can leave you feeling completely let down!

For coffee lovers we have a Colombian Fairtrade blend of Arabica beans, grown at altitude in the mountains where the soil and weather delivers high-grade coffee beans from each cherry on the plant. It’s got a full body and a smooth, nutty aftertaste – great at any time of day!

But how can we be so sure you’ll love it? When we reviewed our coffee suppliers, we got in samples of eight different coffees from various suppliers and got the delegates and leaders that were in the building that week to taste them and rate them on a feedback card. The Colombian blend from the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company was a clear winner and we were delighted that it was Fairtrade coffee.

For tea lovers, we have 27 varieties of tea in the Venue to guarantee you'll find something that will suit your taste, mood and health!

There's caffeine-free Redbush tea from the rooibos plant, grown only in the Western Cape of South Africa. There's a whole host of fruit and herbal teas like Reviving Nettle and Peppermint and Revitalising Lemon & Ginger, as well as a huge selection of Green Teas including Orange & Lotus Flower. New teas come in regularly as tastes and trends change.

Of course if you prefer the standard cuppa, you can have that too.

Freshly brewed coffee that’s not from a machine

Very well run training centre. Staff have thought of everything to make people's experience positive. Nice to have coffee and tea available all day - freshly brewed coffee that’s not from a machine!

Scottish Parliament

You win the award for greatest hot drink selection

Being a venue specifically set up for training events is a big plus for me, as is the huge selection of tea you have! I have visited many a training venue over the years but I think you win the award for greatest hot drink selection.

Heriot Watt University

Nice choice

Staff very professional and friendly, great lunch selection and nice to have a choice of different teas and coffee.

Disability Info Scotland

Nice choice

Staff very professional and friendly, great lunch selection and nice to have a choice of different teas and coffee.

Disability Info Scotland

All very good

Sweets, tea, coffee, juice, food all very good.

Scotland Excel

Delicious home baking

Every day Head Chef Sam chooses a different and delicious cake to bake for delegates to enjoy as a welcome snack in the morning or in the afternoon. If you’re in the building for a week long event, that means five different cakes to savour!

Sam loves to experiment and puts a twist in any cake recipe to add a special flavour or texture for you to enjoy. In fact we’ve counted over 120 different home baking recipes since he joined us, so you can be sure to try something a little different while you’re here.

If you have any particular suggestions, let us know as Sam is always willing to try out new ideas and you might just have your name on the recipe!

Cakes are always served at room temperature and kept safe inside glass domes so you can enjoy them at their best. Of course you don’t have to say yes!

Cakes were too good

Good. 10/10. Very helpful staff. Cakes were too good 🙂

Knowledge Academy

Loved the cakes

Love the carrot cake bites and the flapjacks and ...all of them actually.

Wise Ltd

Superb homemade cakes

Another superb event. Thank you for the support, hospitality and for simply looking after us as well as the superb homemade cakes.

BPP

The brownies were superb!

9/10. Very well organised. The brownies were superb! If I could change one thing it would be to move the venue to the Maldives 🙂

UK Training Trainer

Sweet and savoury nibbles

When you don’t need full catering but you fancy some nibbles, we can offer you a selection of different goodies to suit your timings, appetite and budget.

Favourite nibbles include crisps, vegetable crisps, nuts, popcorn, Bombay mix and pretzels as you might expect. Also very popular, though, are bite-sized sandwiches and wraps, dried fruit, seeds and fruit skewers, either on their own, or on a platter with white chocolate and mascarpone dipping sauce.

If you need to impress and would like canapes, we can cater for those too, including chorizo and prawn skewers, Teriyaki chicken and duck spring rolls.

Let us know what you’d like and whether you’d like some suggestions to suit your event. You can also choose to have your nibbles during or after your event to suit your schedule.

Refreshments were plentiful and delicious

I just wanted to say how lovely the Edinburgh training and conference venue is. Your staff are very friendly and professional, nothing was too much trouble, and the refreshments were both plentiful and delicious.

UKHCA

Appreciated Sam’s cooking and homemade nibbles

Thank you for being so welcoming over the last two weeks, I did enjoy being there and appreciated all your help and assistance and Sam’s cooking. Excellent homemade nibbles - thanks!

SAS

Excellent catering

Really good facilities and excellent catering.

Pivotal

Great food

Perfect venue in the heart of Edinburgh with the best customer service, fantastic facilities and great food.

Cat Protection

Dietary Requirements

Cooking food to suit AND delight guests with dietary requirements is a pleasure and a part of our everyday.

You’ll find that some needs are taken care of as a matter of course: every single menu, for both the restaurant and for buffets, includes vegetarian options.

We’re also delighted to cater for guests who are vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, wheat free, lactose intolerant, requiring kosher food or halal meat, or needing to avoid any number of specific foods, herbs or spices.

If you have a special request for a particular food, just don’t forget to tell us in advance and we’ll do our utmost to accommodate you.

Far exceeded my expectations

As a vegan I'm always unsure how well my dietary requirements will be met, however each day Sam provided me with meals that far exceeded my expectations and I was delighted to see soya milk in the coffee lounge! This is a fantastic venue with great staff.

Idox Software

Gone out of their way…

I just wanted to say a massive thank you. Lunch was on it's own platter, clearly labelled and covered. I've only had an official coeliac diagnosis for a year and this is the first time that somebody has gone out of their way and considered cross-contamination as well. Thank you so much - and compliments to the chef ... the food was delicious.

Lisa Green

Gluten and dairy free

Really grateful for the gluten and dairy free foods.

Scottish Government

9/10

Good range of food and gluten free catered for. 9/10. Thanks.

Autism Spectrum Disorders in Early Years Settings

Fresh, Local, Tasty

Sam is passionate about every aspect of the food he produces, and that includes several things that you’re probably passionate about too…

Fresh Ingredients
He receives a delivery every day for produce like salads, herbs and fruit, enabling you to enjoy food with the greatest concentration of nutrients as well as the best taste.

Nothing is kept overnight to be served again the next day – and that doesn’t mean there’s a mountain of food going in the bin! Sam can plan pretty accurately for the numbers attending the Venue each day, so that wastage is almost nil.

Locally Sourced
Sam has chosen suppliers that source meat, milk, vegetables and fruit as locally as possible and from small growers. This is great for reducing our carbon footprint as well as supporting local business.

Tasty
You might think this is a given, and yet Sam has pushed aside a number of suppliers as their produce is simply not up to his standard. He buys from the suppliers that provide the best fruit and vegetables.

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