2 Sibbald Walk
+44(0)131 556 7734
Overall score: ★★★★☆
Another day, another location that needs re-reviewed! I first published this post in 2016, but given that Loudons have just opened up in a brand-new location in New Waverley, I thought it was high-time I gave this review a long-overdue update.
Does Loudons still provide a fantastic brunch? Yes. Do they still provide vegan options? Very much so, in fact they have more vegan options than ever before. Plus, their new location means that you don’t need to drift too far from Waverley train station to get some of their great scran.
Loudons are so popular that they don’t take bookings for tables less than six during the week, and none at all at weekends. But their second location means they have lots more covers available, so walk-ins less likely do be stuck in a long queue for a table – a common sight at their Fountainbridge café at weekends.
Vegan food at Loudons
There are lots of great vegan options at Loudons, although it is not immediately obvious when you look at the menu. Loudons doesn’t have an allergy key on their menu because their dishes are so adaptable, and they would rather patrons talk to their staff about their dietary requirements to find out what can be made to suit them.
Having said that, I grilled their staff and their comms agency to give me a list of the dishes that are vegan or can be made vegan. Just let your server know your requirements when you order and they will take care of the rest.
This list is correct at the time of writing (March 2019) but bear in mind that menus change all the time, so check with your server for the latest options.
- Loudons Veggie Breakfast Loudon’s own veggie sausages, vegetarian haggies, sautéed spinach, homemade gluten free tattie scone, homemade baked beans, mushroom and toasted homemade bread (ask for the vegan version)
- Spiced Sultana Pancakes Homemade gluten-free and vegan spiced sultana pancakes topped with cardamon infused mango and peach compote, candied walnuts and icing sugar
- Porridge with cardamon infused mango and peach compote (made with soya milk)
- Hot Filled Roll Choose from vegetarian haggis, veggie sausages or tattie scone
- Vegan Benny Vegan English muffin with garlic spinach, roasted garlic, ginger, chilli, fennel seed and courgette topped with mint aioli and toasted pumpkin seed
- Loudons Super Snack Gluten free potato slice filled with linseed, sesame seed, coriander and thyme bound with garlic oil. Oven baked and served with vegan mayonnaise
- Mixed Olives Marinated black and green olives served warm
- Soup of the Day with bread
- Vegan Chilli Vegan chickpea and black bean chilli with coriander mango couscous topped with herb salad served with Loudons super snack
Burgers & Buns
- Vegetable Pakora Burger Vegetable pakora made with potato, carrot, onion, peas, herbs and spices bound with gram flour in a sesame bun with herb salad, beef tomato and chilli mango sauce
- Roasted Garlic, Ginger, Chilli, Fennel Seed & Courgette
- Carrot, Celeriac & Oregano Coleslaw
- Garlic Herb New Potatoes
- Vegan & Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake with layers of strawberry and apricot jam topped with mocha frosting
- Vegan Apple and Banana Cake topped with apricot glaze and crystalised almonds
How much does it cost?
The meal above (two breakfast dishes, two drinks and a slice of cake) came to £33.40. Quite pricey compared to some other brunch options in Edinburgh, but the food quality definitely reflects the price. The pancakes are about a tenner, and the vegan benny is £11. Cake is £3.50.
Is it any good?
I absolutely love the vegan benny at Loudons. Their muffins are lovely and soft, the topping has a nice bold punch of garlic and the vegan aioli is lovely and creamy.
Mr B is more of a sweet tooth, so he normally opts for the pancakes instead. The vegan pancakes usually come with a mango and peach compote, but on the day we last visited they had unfortunately run out so they served them with maple syrup instead. Mr B was really happy with this, but it made them just a bit too sweet for me!
Loudons are also really famous for their cake and there are a couple of vegan friendly options on the menu. Their vanilla cake is lovely, and comes with lashings of creamy mocha icing.
Loudons is one of the best places to have breakfast in Edinburgh, so it’s good to see that they have so many vegan options. Whether you prefer sweet pancakes or a savoury benny, it is well worth a try.
Menu info: ★★☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆
Loudons Opening Hours
These opening hours are correct at the time of writing. For the most accurate times, check Loudons website (linked above).
Monday 7.30 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 7.30 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 17.30 am – 5 pm
Thursday 7.30 am – 5 pm
Friday 7.30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 8 am – 5 pm
Sunday 8 am – 5 pm
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