We are lucky here in Edinburgh to have several free museums and art galleries to visit. My favourite of those art galleries is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art which is spread over two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two. My personal preference is Modern One which is housed in a neoclassical building designed by William Burn in 1825. As you drive in you pass the gardens at the front which were landscaped by Charles Jencks.
Inside is a changing selection of modern art which always inspires and intrigues. Here’s a selection of what was there when we visited this time.
After you’ve consumed the art you can head to downstairs for consumption of a different kind. Cafe Modern One is part of the Heritage Portfolio which runs a number of cafes and restaurants in museums and galleries as well as a successful catering business.
The food was a colourful array of salads and a lovely selection of cakes. There were a couple of specials and we opted to have one of each. The Chicken Tikka Masala looked a bit messy on the plate but it ate well. My Sweet Potato, Carrot & Harissa Fritter was fresh and tasty, and after an indulgent Christmas, a plate of colourful veg was just what I needed.
We couldn’t resist a couple of cakes and a pot of tea afterwards, that little bit of sea salt was enough savoury to ensure I could finish the lot.
A visit to Modern One is well worth it, add on a spot of lunch at Cafe Modern One and you have yourself a very reasonably priced day out.