The Cafe Honeydew, Haymarket

Cafe Honeydew - Haymarket - Edinburgh - Interior

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Been looking for a picture of the Honeydew at Haymarket for ages.  Click on it for a larger version on the SCRAN website (although you need to be registered).

My Mum worked here in the early sixties when she and my Dad were living in Dalry Road. It was a favoured haunt of the Hearts team who enjoyed a hearty(!) fry up back in the days when that was allowed.

After that, she ended up in the Marble Arch in Morrison Street, another up market fry up shop.


PS – click here.  But don’t tell anyone.


Embrania – Braidburn Valley Shakespearean Festival 1945

Braidburn Valley Shakespearean Festival 1945

So what were you doing in June 1945? Well, I was 20 years shy of being born, but I’m sure all the posh folk up in Morningside and the Braids were marshalling their kids and dragging them off to the Braidburn Valley Shakespearean Festival.

This was held at an outdoor theatre in Braidburn Valley Park, which was very brave of them, even in June, because this is Scotchland. The site is still there, albeit in rundown form, neglected as so many things are in Edinbirgh, now that the council has decided that we’re the Disneyland of the North, rather than the Athens of yore.

Talk a stroll past should you find yourself up there, and picture a long lost time when the words of Shakespeare rang out across a public park, rather than the shrieks of teenage hoors and smackheids.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, clicking here will open an electronic version of the programme.

Here are the Southern Light Opera company performing there the following year in June 1946.

Southern Light Opera