Day in the Life: Luna Cramond, assistant manager at the Edinburgh Filmhouse Cafe Bar

This venue has been serving cinema goers since the Eighties

Published 28th Mar 2022
Updated 9 th Aug 2023


My day starts  when my toddler pokes me in the face and tells me the sun is up and he is ready for breakfast. French toast and blueberries for him. As a good Spaniard, café con leche for me. After breakfast the wee one has 20 minutes to watch Paw Patrol and I will catch up on social media.


I drop him off at nursery and then make a mad dash to the bus stop. On a good day it takes me 20 minutes to get to work. I use this time to catch up on my book. I am currently reading The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard.


My shift starts. I make sure the coffee machine is switched on and read emails. Checking our daily bookings at the Café Bar and the cinema ticket sales is essential to planning the day ahead. Next, I place orders, set up the bar and make sure all the tables are clean and ready for service, then I manage to squeeze in a strong cappuccino. We open the front doors at 10am and offer breakfast until noon, serving hot breakfast rolls, teas and coffees. On Mondays we have a screening for parents with babies-in-arms and the Café-Bar is filled with mothers carrying little ones while they sip on a hot chocolate before the film starts.


We start serving our main menu that runs until 9pm. Filmhouse nachos are a popular choice or homemade vegan soup for those with a smaller appetite. Despite being a cinema we do not offer popcorn, but if you are stopping by to grab something to take into a screening we have plastic cups for your choice of drink and a selection of traybakes, crisps and peanuts.


I usually grab a bite now. My go-to lunch is our large salad topped with feta cheese parcels. I eat this in the office while I check the Spanish newspapers on the computer.

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I ensure the bar is all stocked up and ready for the evening team to come in and takeover. The music is on, the lights are dimmed and the team is ready for a busy night. My shift ends at 5pm and it’s another bus ride back home. I am usually too tired and distracted to read on my way back so I scroll Instagram or just stare out the window as the bus drives along Lothian Road. When I get home my son will greet me with a hug and ask me to sit on the floor and play with him.


Dinner is on the table - my husband’s foolproof recipe is pasta Bolognese topped with plenty of cheese. Then hubby does bath and bedtime and has our son tucked in bed by 7.30pm. I pour myself a glass of red wine and browse Netflix for a light-hearted comedy to wind down before having a quick shower. 


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I read until my drooping eyelids tell me that it’s time to switch off for the day.

88 Lothian Road,

Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.
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