Media Release: Gran Caffè brings taste of Italy to Parliament Square


THE Signet Library, which in recent years has become known to a wider audience for its Pommery Champagne Café Bar during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is opening a more permanent Gran Caffè which will be open to the public.

Bringing a flavour of the continent to Edinburgh’s Parliament Square, Gran Caffè at the Signet Library is set to open on 16 September.

The new café will be committed to quality produce, offering the very best in Italian-inspired coffee and pastries delicious lunches, afternoon tea and more.

Choices include pancetta and roasted vine ripened tomato focaccia, daily changing bruschetta with toppings – such as fig, dolcelatte and honey and chargrilled courgette with red onion, mint and feta.

Homemade biscotti accompany expertly brewed illy coffee, while home baking and baci d’angelo, or angel’s kisses, add an Italian twist to the classic afternoon tea.

The Signet Library was first opened in 1822 and is home to the WS Society, one of Scotland’s oldest institutions. While it has always been a focal point for Edinburgh’s lawyers, and will continue all the more so, opening the new café to the public will make the Signet Library a vibrant hub on the Royal Mile.

Speaking about the plans, the WS Society’s chief executive, Robert Pirrie, comments: “If you think about it, what would you normally expect on one of the most famous streets in the world, in the central square of a European capital, beside the cathedral and halfway between a castle and a palace?

“Our new Gran Caffè will bring a classic, continental feel to one of the Edinburgh’s most impressive squares and we are pleased to have found a way to let others enjoy this beautiful building.”

Gran Caffè is open from 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and will be operated at the Signet Library by award-winning caterer, Heritage Portfolio, under licence from the WS Society.

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