Archive for September, 2009

Breaking News: The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the National Gallery.

September 30, 2009

Press Release:

The National Galleries of Scotland announced today a new collaboration with Victor and Carina Contini, the hugely successful partnership that brought the restaurant Centotre to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Café and Restaurant at the National Gallery.

Celebrating the very best ingredients from Scottish producers and growers, and offering delicious, yet affordable food in a wonderful setting.

The restaurant, which, for the first time, will serve breakfast every day from 9.00 am, will open on 19 October 2009, in the National Gallery Complex, on The Mound. The restaurant will also now open for dinner on Saturday evenings.

Following the same principles of fresh, simple, good value food on offer at Centotre, the concept for The Scottish Café and Restaurant will focus on local produce and Scottish cuisine.

Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a high-profile and successful company as Centotre. At the National Gallery of Scotland we feel it is particularly appropriate that the cuisine will have a distinctly contemporary and Scottish flavour – to be enjoyed by our visitors from home and abroad! “

Carina Contini said: “We are thrilled to have won the contract with the National Gallery of Scotland and are looking forward to showcasing the best of Scottish producers and suppliers in The Scottish Café and Restaurant.”

The restaurant interior will have a new look, devised by Annie and Lachie Stewart of ANTA, a family-run Scottish design and architecture firm. Individually commissioned, hand-woven fabrics, Scottish oak and Caithness slate will feature in their planned redesign. A number of original oil paintings by the celebrated Scottish artist Sir William Gillies will also be on show.

The Café will serve great coffee and traditional Aberdeen Butteries, made to its own special recipe. Lunch will include hearty homemade soup, old-fashioned tasty open sandwiches, beautiful salads and lots of irresistible homemade cakes. Traditional Afternoon Tea and the classic Scottish favourite, High Tea, will be served from 3pm to 6pm every day. The Restaurant will be open from Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am until 5 pm, with dinner being served on Saturday evenings.

Who’s that Customer? Jon Mountjoy.

September 28, 2009


Jon Mountjoy has been a friend of Centotre since 2007.

He’s lived in South Africa, the Netherlands, and now resides permanently in Edinburgh.  

Jon is a true global citizen who tends to work Californian hours, as his work life is centred around a thriving San Francisco-based company.  He often travels the world, but is kind enough to send us postcards.

He also loves his food and coffee and makes no secret of his love for our double macchiato and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs breakfasts. (The consummate multi-tasker he can often be seen in a booth with a fork in one hand, while running his business via an ever-open Apple MacBook Pro, on our super-fast broadband wi-fi.

When work is done and on the odd weekend off, Jon has been know to diligently explore Victor’s wine list, and such is his enthusiasm that he has on occasion been treated to a private tasting of some of Victor’s super-special wines.

A stalwart of Edinburgh Coffee Morning, (#EdCM) the weekly gathering of the great, the good and not so good of Web 2.0 in the city, Jon is always in demand from attendees for his insights, discoveries and enthusiasms for all things social media.

A power-user of Twitter, Quicksilver and all things OS X, Jon is also a keen photographer and student of the finer things in life, which is (we hope) why he’s such a fan of Centotre.

And, we hasten to add, why we’re such fans of him.

Teenage Cancer Trust Auction update:

September 20, 2009


As we said in an earlier post, Centotre was delighted to help Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador Lynne McNicoll host a fund-raiser at 103 last week.

And we’re absolutely delighted to report that the Lynne’s Challenge Auction raised an amazing £5,500 in just one morning!

Thanks to the many friends of Centotre we’re out in force, with their cheque-books in tow, to generously support this vitally important charity.

Master-of-ceremonies and head auctioneer, Victor was, as you can imagine, in his element, surrounded by beautiful ladies, (and a few beautiful men), a dazzling array of donated gifts and artworks plus more than a few cup cakes.

You can see the full album of photographs for a most memorable and worthwhile mornings work here on Lynne’s Picassa page:

And more importantly you can read more about Lynne’s work and find out how you can help, here on her charity website.

Cup Cake Caffe supports Teenage Cancer Trust.

September 15, 2009

Cup Cake Caffe Charity Auction

Come to the launch of the Cup Cake Caffe, and do your bit for charity as well as your waistline.

Edinburgh Coffee Mornings

September 3, 2009
Coffee morning @ Centotre

Coffee morning @ Centotre

Food, coffee, computers, mobiles & minds! For over two years now the digital & creative community in Edinburgh has been calling Centotre home for their weekly Friday coffee mornings.

We are proud to support their meets and look forward to it just about as much as they do! We’ve seen this coffee morning grow from a booth to almost half the restaurant! Up early with smiles on their faces, it’s the perfect way to head into the weekend.

We want to extend a big thank you to h and all of the Edinburgh Coffee Morning members for all they do for us and for choosing Centotre to be their gathering place.

We are more than happy to play host to any groups – mornings, evenings or otherwise. If you think Centotre might be the place for you, just ask a member of staff or just show up! During busier times it might be better to book (or if you would like to reserve the downstairs room) and we will do all we can to make sure your catered for.

If you’re interested in checking out the Creative & Digital coffee morning, everyone is welcome! It’s from 8a.m on, every Friday morning at Centotre.

Happy Customers

September 1, 2009

Out of our 4000 customers last week we had just 4 complaints! That’s about 0.1% of our customers weren’t 100% satisfied with their experience. Of course we don’t want anyone to not enjoy their time with us, but we are trying really hard and are very happy with these results!

We’re always looking for ways to improve and keep our guests happy. If you have any suggestions please feel free to let us know!