The Swing Café...
...is closed at the moment.
Depending on Government guidelines,
the Café will re-open in early 2022
The Swing Café new opening hours will be
Tuesday to Saturday /10am - 4pm
Colinton Parish Church Review Group has met
regularly, via Zoom, to plan the re-opening of the Café doors, on the condition that the Scottish
Government will have lowered the Covid-19 restrictions
to at least Level 0.
Hospitality is very important to us at Colinton Parish Church. Nestling in a quiet corner by the Water of Leith, you can find a lovely setting to enjoy a coffee with friends or a bite of lunch at The Swing Café. We will serve coffees, teas and light lunches on Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. You will receive a warm welcome from one of the 70-plus volunteers who make up the team
who carry out all the work at the café.
The idea of running a café began on the completion of the building of the Dell Rooms in 1998. The purpose was to reach out to the community and open the doors of the church throughout the week for the benefit of the local people. It was to be a non-profit making venture and the café opened its doors in 1999. We also have exhibitions from time to time in the Dell Room.
The name The Swing was inspired by a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson whose grandfather had been the minister at Colinton. Stevenson wrote the poem about the swing in the Manse garden where he had played as a child. The location of the swing can be seen, outside the Dell Room window, attached to the old yew tree.
As the café has grown in popularity, any surplus monies have been distributed to local or national charities chosen by the volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to join our team and provide service with a smile for their customers. Team members usually work one day a fortnight on a rota basis from two to five hours. Tasks can either be kitchen based or serving at the tables. If you would like to join the happy throng of volunteers, please contact us by telephone on 0131 441 2232 or by email to email@example.com