Café 1505 , nestled right next to Surgeons’ Hall Edinburgh, won two awards at the UK’s premiere café awards.  The café has been rewarded with the CaféLife ‘Café Design of the Year Award’.

Cafelife competition and awards 2016
Cafelife competition and awards 2016

The Café Life Awards handed out at a glittering ceremony in London. Industry professionals took into account the unique atmosphere and décor in both categories in opting for the café run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

Alex Flood, Manager at Café 1505, said: “It was a great privilege to get the chance to attend the awards and to win more than one was absolutely fantastic.

“It’s testament to the hard work every team member has put in and to be recognised for that is hugely gratifying.”

Profits from the café are invested back into training surgeons, improving patient outcomes throughout the world and other charitable aims, as with all of RCSEd’s ventures.

Their ‘scratch kitchen’, where all food is fully prepared and cooked on site, was a factor in the artisan establishment pipping a number of high-end UK cafés to a gold award in the ‘Independent Café of the Year’ category.

Alex added: “I’ve been here since the café first opened and it has been really exciting watching the business grow.

“These awards are a great reflection of the ethos and work we put in but we will continue to improve and provide the best possible produce and service.”

Café 1505 was praised for its modern design incorporating elements from its surgical background, including a beautifully hand-painted timeline mural on the walls and ceiling as well as nods to the College’s use of bell jars in the logo and light fittings.

The college’s Commercial Enterprises promotes, sells and manages all commercial activities held within the College Campus, which include the four-star, 77-bedroom hotel, Ten Hill Place, Café 1505 and four events venues.

All profits support the charitable aims of the College which are education, assessment and advancement in surgery.