Mr Bug and I popped into Contini Royal Mile Café last weekend to enjoy a spot of ice cream. The rain was hammering down but we had acquired a couple of vouchers and we were determined to cash them in. Our summer has been a bit of a washout so far but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy summery treats, gad dang it!
The Contini Royal Mile Café is one of four establishments in the capital run by Edinburgh foodie legends Victor and Carina Contini. As well as the Royal Mile Café, They have a restaurant on George Street, a café restaurant in the Scottish National Gallery and a restaurant on the top floor of Cannonball house, which has spectacular views of the Edinburgh Castle esplanade.
Their cute and informal café is on the ground floor of Cannonball House, making it the perfect spot for refuelling after a day seeing the sights. The place is done up really lovely with jars of retro sweets behind the counter, whimsical pictures and colourful bunting hung up everywhere.
As you walk in, the first thing you’ll see is the scrumptious line up of ice cream, each flavour looking more tempting than the last. There’s a huge variety available, including bubblegum, salted caramel and berry or lemon sorbet. You can choose to have your ice cream in a tub or a cone. Naturally, being the big kids that we are, Mr Bug and I opted for the cones. 🙂
I went for the modest yet still indulgent one-scoop option. The flavour I chose was called “Contini Crunch”, which I think was made with a vanilla ice cream base, marbled with lots of lovely delicious bits and bobs, including toffee chunks, chocolate buttons and crunchy bites – hence the name!
Mr Bug was feeling a bit braver than me and went for the the three scoop-er. I think it was much bigger than he expected – it was HUGE! So much so, in fact, that he was given not one but two spoons to eat it with!
He went for three different flavours – the Contini Crunch (same as me), the Mint Crunch and Chocolate Brownie. The mint crunch flavour was quite unusual, very fresh and minty but not too sweet. Mr Bug did say however that the mint did clash with the other two, much sweeter flavours, and he probably would have enjoyed it better if he had the mint on its own.
After he worked his way through the first two scoops, he struck the decadent chocolate brownie ice cream at the bottom of the cone. Flagging somewhat at this point, he let me try a bit. Now I’m not usually a huge fan of chocolate ice cream but I can say that this stuff was quite good. It was very rich, so I couldn’t eat a whole cone of it, but I imagine it would hit the spot for any chocoholics who visit!
Mr Bug and I popped in for some ice cream, but the friendly atmosphere and perfect location makes it and ideal place to enjoy coffee, cake or tea. They also have cracking porridge, which they serve at breakfast time made with rolled oats and double cream – delicious!
You can find the Contini Royal Mile Café at Cannonball House, 356 Castle Hill, EH1 2NE. It’s right on the Royal Mile on your left hand side as you walk up towards the castle, after the Scotch Whisky Experience.