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Scottish Storytelling Centre

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
+44 131 556 9579
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Very good cafe

Stopped in for a "coffee and cake" stop. Good large cup of hot coffee and a fine homemade style... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Zhukov45
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Inverness, United Kingdom
Well! - That was “memorable”

We attended a storytelling competition. I have never experienced anything quite like this before... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Neil-in-Alford
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Alford, United Kingdom
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The Scottish Storytelling Centre is an award-winning public building designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, halfway along Edinburgh's Royal Mile.The Centre includes the historic John Knox House, 99-seat Netherbow Theatre and the George Mackay Brown Library, and is the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Network. Our light and airy Storytelling Court is open to the public, and includes a free child-friendly exhibition, Scotland's Stories, as well as a programme of temporary displays. Our book and gift shop, housed in John Knox House's traditional 'luckenbooths', stocks a range of storytelling books, CDs and resources. The Storytelling Cafe serves delicious homemade lunches, coffees and snacks, as well as wines and beers and a special children's menu. The Centre is a friendly and welcoming space for meeting friends, finding out about Scotland's rich story heritage and experiencing the magic of live stories. We look forward to your visit!
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43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Stopped in for a "coffee and cake" stop. Good large cup of hot coffee and a fine homemade style scone with butter and jam. Good surroundings. Mrs enjoyed it very much.

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Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Zhukov45, Many thanks for your comments on the Story Cafe which I will pass onto the staff (they have their own TripAdvisor Page also: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186525-d10285626-Reviews-Story_Cafe-Edinburgh_Scotland.html). Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back again in the future!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We attended a storytelling competition. I have never experienced anything quite like this before! Strangely, it was so compellingly dreadful we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave and the nights entertainment has been the subject of many hilarious “stories” as we recount it to friends and...More

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Ella B, Administration and Development Officer at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Storytelling Centre for our annual 'Tall Tales Oscar' competition, we're glad you found the night enjoyable! Haste ye back to come and enjoy the wonderful programme of events we have throughout the year!

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

As grandparents with a very small boy and a large pushchair we were looking for a child friendly spot with decent food at a reasonable price and plenty of space. This was so good our toddler wanted to stay longer so I had to try...More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Many thanks for your lovely review Sally! We are delighted to hear you had a wonderful time in the Centre, as well as your toddler! Haste Ye Back :)

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Like other reviewers, we discovered this place during the Fringe, and it turned out to be our favourite venue by far! ALL the shows were fabulous and each one gave us an insight into the Scottish story... the staff were all very friendly, the cafe...More

Thank Richard M
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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your lovely comments Richard! We won Best Accessible Small Permanent Venue at the year's Fringe, which we are also delighted about. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed our Fringe programme, venue and staff - and I have passed your comments...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

The Place itself was interesting. However the lady at the till was barely civil. Due to poorly laid out entrance I was uncertain where to go. I turned towards the door to the exhibit as the other way appeared to be to the cafe ....More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, but also sorry you had a negative experience. As you’re probably aware, Saturday was part of Doors Open Day which meant that the Museum was extremely busy all day, as we offered our customers...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Discovered this place while in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and made many visits throughout the week! The cafe is fab and the food delicious. Was pleased to see that Pukka teas were served as they're a personal favourite. :) The little book shop is...More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words Olivia. We're delighted you foundus, enjoyed us and hope to return! :) Haste ye Back

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We have visited the John Knox house during past trips to Edinburgh and noted the Storytelling Centre but not made it for an event. Big mistake, we attended a presentation today which was part of the Fringe, not only great entertaining fun, but also thought...More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write about the Centre - we are delighted that you enjoyed the venue and the event (Turntable - MJ MCCarthy and Red Bridge Arts) and we look forward to seeing you again when you are up this way....More

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Went to see an event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nice venue with a cafe and an open seating area beyond. Nice feel about the place. Clean loos and a decent theatre space. Staff well informed and on the ball.

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Storytelling Centre - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere we strive to create. Haste Ye Back!

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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Lovely place to meet up , great coffee, great atmosphere. Cakes looked home made ,definitely recommend the carrot and orange cake.More

Thank Lindsey H
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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your lovely comments Lindsey - glad you enjoyed the Centre and its cafe (they have their own page too) who I have passed on your comments too. You're right - the cakes our home made, fresh on the premises and we always...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Went here with a friend to get out of the rain. Staff were friendly-ish and efficient. The food was ok. She had soup which was average and I had the avocado toast which was fine. I've had better. They serve food for gluten free and...More

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LindsayCorr, Marketing and Communications Manager at Scottish Storytelling Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thank you for your thoughts on the Centre's Story Cafe, who have their own page for thoughts on food and drink selection. I have passed on your comments above so they can improve the service and hopefully, if you return, your next visit will not...More

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