Bored of eating a meal deal sandwich at your desk every lunchtime? Luckily, there are plenty of great cafes and restaurants within walking distance of Eskmills, perfect for enjoying spot of lunch. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to take away or a welcoming cafe for a leisurely lunch meeting, these are some of the best places for lunch in Musselburgh.
Crolla’s Italian Kitchen
You don’t even need to leave Eskmills for this one, as Crolla’s Italian Kitchen is located right here! Just a few seconds away from you office’s front door, you’ll find Crolla’s in the middle of the Eskmills courtyard. as you might have guessed, the restaurant specialises in delicious Italian food – from pizza and pasta to ciabatta sandwiches and antipasti.
Crolla’s offers an express lunch menu during the week (12-2pm, Monday-Friday) which is great value for money if you want something quick and tasty during your lunch hour. Choose from options like homemade soup and piadina flatbread, steak ciabatta, log-fired pizza or lasagne al forno, for £6.95 or less.
More information: crollasitalian.com
The Cafe on the Corner
Located on the corner of the High Street and Newbigging, The Cafe on the Corner is a great wee spot for a relaxed lunch. The cafe has a welcoming, homely feel and plenty of good food. You’ll sandwiches, soup, toasties, paninis, quiches, salads and other snacks. They have a great selection of sandwich fillings so you won’t be stuck for choice!
The Cafe on the Corner also do some great home baking. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to enjoy some scones with jam and cream or a slice of freshly baked cake, or pick up a couple of slices of traybake to take back to the office for an afternoon treat.
Luca’s is a bit of a Musselburgh institution. Their cafe on the High Street has been a favourite of locals for years, and it’s still one of the best placed in town to grab lunch. Luca’s is best known for its ice cream, but they also serve lovely light meals and snacks in the cafe. Choose from options like nachos, baked potatoes, toasties or pies for a quick lunch.
If you fancy something a little more substantial, they also serve main meals all day, including classic dishes like scampi and chips, steak burgers, macaroni cheese and homemade pizzas. Don’t forget to treat yourself to an ice cream sundae for dessert – our favourite is the hot chocolate fudge sundae!
More information: s-luca.co.uk
The Artisan Van
Looking for something to take back to the office, or to enjoy al fresco once summer arrives? Take a walk to Newhailes Industrial Estate to find The Artisan Van. They serve up fresh and delicious lunches from their food truck, with a great variety of things to choose from. As well as menu staples like handmade beef burgers and veggie burgers, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and salad boxes, you’ll also find a “meal of the day” which changes regularly.
In the past, the daily special has included mouthwatering options like slow cooked Mongolian beef with rice, mac and cheese with pulled pork, mango chicken curry, and Chinese chicken noodle stir fry. There are also lots of sweet treats to indulge in, from homemade cakes to traybakes and even special doggy cakes for any four-legged visitors!
More information: facebook.com/artisaneast
Cakes & Shakes
Just a five minute walk away from Eskmills is Cakes & Shakes, a popular cafe just off the High Street in Musselburgh. As the name suggests, they specialise in amazing cakes, sweets and milkshakes, but there are plenty of savoury options to fill you up at lunchtime too.
Try the homemade soup which changes daily, or opt for delicious comfort food like mac and cheese, loaded sweet potato fries and homemade bacon cheeseburgers. But of course, you can’t leave without trying the cakes, cheesecakes, donuts or home baking! Our favourite is the Toblerone cheesecake, but we’ve also got our eye on the Creme Egg cheesecake special for Easter. Yum!
More information: facebook.com/Cakes-Shakes-Musselburgh