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Gran Caffè
The Signet Library,
2 Parliament Square,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1RF
0131 225 4923
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

The Signet library has been opening its doors as the Pommery Champagne Bar for a couple of festivals now with considerable success. Patrons clearly like the venue's timeless elegance', the Afternoon Teas and the bubbles. Its popularity has led to a permanent opening as Gran Caffè.

We started with choices from the lunch menu which is served from midday until 3pm and which has an Italian theme. 

A basil and vine tomato savoury scone with mozzarella, char grilled courgette and a rocket salad (£4.50) was shared and devoured with gusto. The vegetables were sweet, the scone fresh and crumbly, the leaves spiky fresh.

I waited for BB to announce her next choice, the leek, pancetta and parmesan tartlet (£8.50) before confessing my preferred option, bruschetta with blue cheese (Strathdon Blue) honey roast figs and thyme (£7). This is always a winning combination of ingredients for me and the dish had been executed well. Bread was oven crisp, figs roasted whole. BB's tartlet was probably even better in terms of technique, if we want to get all 'Great British Bake Off' about it. The pastry case was sturdy, short and proud, the filling still quivering and the flavours were superb. I would definitely choose it on a return visit.Tray bakes ahoy! We restricted ourselves to three, white chocolate and raspberry slice orange and Belgian chocolate slice (both £2.75), and lemon and treacle slice (£2.50). The latter was a disappointment. The lemon icing was too brittle whilst the slice itself was pedestrian. It just didn't work. The other two however, were well up to scratch. A good chocolate ganache and 'jaffa cake' flavour on one and lots of thick white chocolate bite on the other.

Afternoon Tea is available between 2pm and 4.30pm for £19 per person. Tea is from the Mighty Tea Leaf Company, Coffee is Illy. There are also seafood and Mediterranean platters available.

The setting is unique and beautiful and of course attracts advocates from the nearby courts. Tray bakes displayed on books are a charming touch.

The Signet Library has already proved it excellence at afternoon teas but the addition of an Italian themed lunch menu, if consistent to the high standards we experienced, will guarantee further success.


 

 

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