Guthrie's Kitchen

Following a full refurbishment, we are delighted to introduce Guthrie’s Kitchen. 

Guthrie's Kitchen Logo

Formerly known as 1875, Guthrie’s has 3 separate counters modelled on the concept of 'street food'.  

Each counter is its own functional space with a till point and supplementary products, creating a one-stop shop for our customers – one queue, one service point! 

There will be a weekly changing menu in each outlet with dishes like hand rolled pizzas using Mungoswell Flour (an East Lothian supplier), buttermilk chicken or try our Mac Shack where you can get classic macaroni made with Mossgiel milk (from an organic farm in East Ayrshire that has removed all single use plastic) and a variety of toppings and sides.  

We are also setting up a temporary Modern Standard coffee station within Guthrie’s.  This will remain in place until the Nook is refurbished.  Modern Standard is our chosen premium coffee supplier for The Nook and is a local Fife based company where one of our very own Gastronomy students is the Sales & Operations Manager.  We will be serving barista made coffee here along with a variety of soups, homemade scones and muffins and an artisan deli bar.

The retail area in Guthrie’s has also been removed, which means you can now find any essential toiletries and medicines in Maggie’s.

Where does the name Guthrie’s come from?
Queen Margaret University was established as the Edinburgh School of Cookery in 1875 (hence the old name of 1875 for a catering outlet!). 

Christian Guthrie Wright was one of the founders of the school, alongside Louisa Stevenson.

The School was established as a voluntary effort to address two key problems facing society at the time:

  1. To provide educational opportunities for women
  2. The need to bring about an improvement in diets, particularly the diets of working class families

Our partnership with BaxterStorey, our catering provider, cements these origins.

BaxterStorey are all about food!  They started the first ever Chef Academy in 2007 and now have a Barista Academy and a Service Academy.  Just this year they were recognised as the first ever business & industry sector caterer to achieve ‘World Class’ status by Hospitality Assured.

With QMU about to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2025, it seemed fitting that our newly refurbished 1875 was renamed Guthrie’s.

Opening hours (Semester 2 - from Monday 15th January 2024):

Monday to Friday:

  • Breakfast: 8.30am - 10.45am
  • Lunch: 11am - 2.45pm

Guthrie's Menu (Changes Weekly) (PDF)