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Enjoy grub on the go from Barnacles and Bones police box cafe

Enjoy grub on the go from Barnacles and Bones police box cafe

There's a new police box foodie venture offering lunch and late night bites in the capital.

From crab mac and cheese to Scottish short-rib beef, you can tuck into fresh street food throughout the day from Barnacles and Bones.

Serving up Scottish seafood and meat with a focus on crab and unusual meat cuts, the idea for the venture came to owner Hal Prescott as he was tucking into crab and chips at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

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"I was sat there feeling a bit sorry for myself and a bit hungover on the Isle of Wight when I saw this shack selling crab and lobster with chips from the island," Hal said.

"I spoke to the guy and he said it was quite traditional of the south coast in the little villages.

"I went back to London and started researching it and realised that crab was exported massively in this country, but it had gone out of fashion eating it.

"That's when I thought there should be something done with that crab.

"I'd always had a passion for food and always wanted to do something myself."

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Starting a pop-up street food stall in London using his friend's garage, Hal created a menu based around crab.

After launching crab streetfood Claw food, Hal moved back to Edinburgh earlier this year after taking redundancy from his previous job.

His original aim was to bring the crab stall to Edinburgh markets until he spotted the police box for sale on Cathedral Lane when walking back from a job interview.

After buying the box and creating a new food stop in town, he decided to expand from seafood with the addition of meat dishes for those who aren't a fan of seafood.

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The made-to-order menu simply consists of signature Fife landed crab served a number of ways or Scottish short-rib beef cooked low ‘n’ slow in sherry topped with Argentinian chimichurri sauce.

The meat or seafood is served three ways with tarragon-salt chips, in a roll or with a quinoa and rocket salad.

At the weekend, there are a number of brunch options available from crab mac ‘n’ cheese to garlic buttered cockles and bacon and scallop brunch.

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As well as opening at the weekends for brunch, Barnacles and Bones is one of the only police boxes in Edinburgh to offer late night dining with opening hours until 10pm at the weekend.

You can also order a delivery from the box via Deliveroo.

"It's trying to be a bit more continental," Sal said.

"I want to create an outdoor atmosphere for the place.

"I've bought a patio heater to keep people warm and next summer we'll get some tables and chairs.

"It's creating more of a cafe culture with a bit of atmosphere."

Barnacles and Bones is now open from 11am until 8pm midweek and 10pm at the weekend.

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