CLOSED: Engine Shed

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )



19 St Leonard's Lane (at south of city centre near University of Edinburgh), Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9SH

Offers people with learning disabilities a training provision that would successfully address key areas towards helping them make the successful transition into the world of paid work. Set in what was once the engine shed of the Innocent Railway (so called because no-one ever died working for it) near Arthur's Seat, this fabulous venue is part of the wide-reaching Garvald training program for adults with learning difficulties. Garvald includes an outside catering arm, an organic tofu-making operation and a bakery that supplies to other wholefood stores. Cafe has space for artwork to be displayed, is family friendly. A conference facility is on the 2nd floor. Confirmed closed, Feb 2015.

Category: Vegan-friendly

Reviews (8)

First Review by amysaundersbigelow

great lunch option - Edit

i had never been to the engine shed, i think as its a lunchtime only, but am now glad to have visited.
its a well know institution in edinburgh, known for the work it does, and its also one of the main suppliers of variations of tofu in scotland. the restaurant really is a nice space and was reasonably busy and all the staff were really helpful.
There were a few options for mains and i went for the nutballs with spaghetti and tomato sauce. i was wary, i'm sure like most others i was constantly given nut roasts when i started out without meat, and generally this put me off this sort of dish. i was impressed though, a great balance of herbs and garlic, and i really enjoyed it.
I had a cherry flapjack for desert which was good, not too much sugar, but plenty of fruit.

if you do visit edinburgh, you should come here, its a worthy cause wheeich needs everyone support.

Pros: good value, great people, good food

Cons: limited, hours

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A good place for lunch - Edit

Engine Shed is a café-canteen in a calm area, with a big room to eat. They offer sandwiches, cakes, pie, soups, etc. They have clearly indicated vegan options. Because I arrived quite early for lunch and had to leave also early, only sandwiches and some cakes were available. The sandwich I took was really good even if it looked ordinary. That was a good surprise, with a lots of flavour. I also took a big slice of chocolate cake, that looked and smelled nice. However, when I ate it, it appeared to have no taste at all. Where was sugar and chocolate flavour? It was a great disappointing and I do not know how to explain why a such beautiful chocolate smell was not transmitted in the taste. On the whole, it was a good experience, the place is nice and food is cheap and usually good.

Pros: affordable, calm and pleasant area, practical for lunch

Cons: random food taste

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Decent value lunch - Edit

I came here for lunch last week and enjoyed a light lunch here of vegan aubergine fritters, mango chutney and salad. Although there are some vegan options, often they come automatically served with non-vegan sides (such as tzatziki) so you have to be sure to ask very clearly for the vegan version! The people were generally nice and friendly, and my only criticism would be that the vegan options are a little limited.

Pros: Bright, airy space, Friendly staff, Good value

Cons: Limited vegan options

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Nice place - Edit

There is always a vegan option, however, not a great choice. I had pasta with lentil bolognese which was ok and very cheap. I also had a vegan cream cake but wasn't impressed, too much soda in it. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Pros: cheap, quiet, some vegan options

Cons: location, close at 4pm

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check the website - Edit

we took a wander down here last sunday and found it closes at 4pm. can't tell you about the food as it was closed by the time we got there!

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Engine Shed, Edinburgh - Edit

Even before I set foot into the place it is a winner for me simply because of the idea of the place and what it does.

It's a clean venue, quite spacious with a choice of interesting dishes that although opening is in the morning, the full menu isn't available until noon. The girl who server me was perfectly pleasant as is the general vibe in the place. The cakes that are vegan friendly and just to help things along, it would be a good idea to mark the vegan items as such on the daily menu board. Also I went there on a Saturday morning afternoon as fairly big night out the evening before. In such circumstances there's nothing I like better than a cooked breakfast to wolf into. I was told that this is no longer available which seems a bit of a shame, especially on Saturday mornings.

Pros: Vegan veggie friendly, Great concept

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tofu! - Edit

Engine shed does the BEST tofu in town. Bar none!

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A hidden secret - Edit

The food at Engine Shed is a wonderfully healthy, refreshing delight. I found the opening times a bit deceiving, though. They are open 10:30 - 3:30, but only serve hot foods after noon. I was able to get a plate of tofu salad and fruit salad, and it filled me up until dinner time. Since I was there early, I may not have had the usual experience, but you order cafe-style up front, then bring the food back to your table.

You can buy their homemade tofu and bread to take away with you.

Pros: good prices, healthy food, great open lighting

Cons: not open much of the day

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