The ECA café in the Hunter Building will close from 26th January 2018 to undergo an extensive refurbishment. The work is due to be completed in early spring.

The refurbishment will improve the current environment and changes will go beyond a simple decorative upgrade, with changes to both the food offer and style of service. A new dedicated entrance from area outside of the Hunter Building will improve accessibility for all.


At the moment access to the café space, where many students and staff hold meetings, is limited to the times when the catering facility is open and serving food, meaning that the space is not being fully utilised.

The planned refurbishment will change the existing seating area to an accessible multi-use space that will be available for after-hours activities during building opening times.

This area is being designed as a hub with ranges of different seating configurations including booth seating, larger tables for group work, areas for socialising and traditional dining table options.

Service and food

A slight reconfiguration to the kitchen will deliver two distinctive styles of service and an enhanced food offer.

A “Grab and Go” take away section will offer a range of boxed salads, deli pots, sandwiches and street food items. Cold drinks, 100% Arabica Fairtrade fresh ground coffees and speciality teas will also be provided.

A new hot food counter will move away from the traditional self-serve large-tray format, to a counter order and “made to order” plated service to tables; look out for a new breakfast range including freshly made pancakes, French toast, and a range of eggs be it with smoked salmon or eggs benedict.

A new tapas range will offer lighter selections with tortillas, nachos, and fresh soups. Finally a range of freshly made sandwiches and salads, pasta and main dishes of the day will be available, such as aubergine, potato and lentil moussaka served with red onion and tomato salad or Korean chicken bulgogi with nasi goreng rice.

The focus for all new food items will be an increasing range of Scottish provenance ingredients and more vegan and vegetarian selections.

How long will it take?

Work will commence on site on Monday 29th January 2018 with a completion in spring.

Alternative catering arrangements

During the closure one of the University’s street food vans – the Tuk Truck - will be located at the Lauriston Place campus offering a range of world street foods. A coffee trailer will also be installed providing soup, sandwiches, snacks and cold drinks.

Albertina's (next to the ECA café) remains a social space that can be used during these works.