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Handily downstairs from the Warburton Gallery- Stag Cafe who run the great cafe at The Doocot have opened up a branch. Here is delectable homemade soup (lentil and coconut for £4 with bread) and  a wide range of luscious cakes including gluten free. As it was pancake day the day I went – there was a pancake layer cake on that day.

Stag Expresso 

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On Sat I skipped the farmers market due to getting up very late and still feeling very grim. I went up to Loudens on Fountainbridge to have a brunch out instead in the company of the FT. Good thing too as I saw this. Student accommodation being built by private developers sounds benign until  you discover a) the rents that are being charged for studio flats (£600-880 pcm) so for rich students only b) the quality of the  housing stock we have in Edinburgh is going down the pan c) come areas are approaching well over 50% student population meaning a disinterested transient group begins to dominate and d) the developers are using this to sneak in even more holiday lets during the summer and xmas. The Cockburn Association covers this well here.

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