Readers share memories of popular Leith cafe as it goes on the market

Grace Mitchell's home cooked food has been very popular with regulars on Henderson Street
Grace Mitchell's home cooked food has been very popular with regulars on Henderson Street
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Edinburgh Evening News readers have been sharing fond memories of times spent at Leith's oldest cafe, as it emerged the owners are set to hang up their aprons.

Rab and Grace Mitchell have been serving up heartfelt, home-cooked food at Mitchell's Cafe on Henderson Street for more than 21 years. But the couple are now in their 70s and have decided to sell up in order to begin their retirement.

The pair hope that it will continue as a cafe once sold.

Mitchell's was opened initially as an ice cream parlour in 1927 by a young Italian called Angelo Lanni. Those who remember that era still refer to the cafe as Lanni's - which was made into the space it is today after the owner purchased the shop next door in 1937.

Reader Margo Crawford said: "Good luck in your retirement Grace and Rab you deserve it, I first went to Lanni’s as a child with my mother and granny who lived across the road and also to Mitchell’s, a terrific cafe."

Jody Lochery said: "Great Scran, loved the number 1 breakfast."

Neil Elvin said: "This place got us through lunch for about 5 months."

Susan Melrose-Nimmo said: "Used to go there when it was Lanni's. A wee bit food shopping, a trip to Woollies and then to Lanni's."

Kabyle Sidiaich said: "I've been there a few times and loved it. Have a grand retirement as you deserve it. If I wasn't 70 myself I would buy the café."