THE owner of an Edinburgh cafe that was gutted by a fire last month has said the table used by JK Rowling survived the blaze.

The Elephant House cafe was made famous as the place where Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter.

Cafe owner David Taylor told the BBC that despite the damage, the table was found among the rubble.

He said: “Thankfully I've found JK Rowling's table among the rubble and although it is water and smoke damaged it was in the back room so it can be saved.

"It is going to the restorers on Thursday and I'm just so relieved this bit of history has been retained."

The National:

More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze which took place in the early hours of August 24.

A firefighter was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but released later that morning, while one other person was treated at the scene.

Elephant House Cafe, along with Oz Bar and Patisserie Valerie suffered fire and water damage.