The Chocolate Tree
- Telephone 0131 228 3144
- Food served Mon–Sat 8am–8pm; Sun 9am–8pm.
- Average price £8 (lunch)
- Website www.the-chocolate-tree.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
This bohemian cake shop complete with dangling vintage tea cups and brightly coloured origami chocolate boxes will not fail to trap the sweet-toothed cafe-lover. Afternoon tea here retains every bit of luxury while avoiding pomp and ceremony. Customers with laptops jostle happily among those with high chairs. A compact array of mismatched wooden tables is full through lunchtime despite there being no savoury food on offer. Happily, the creative rows of cakes, tarts and handmade chocolates taste as good as they look. An exotic selection of macaroons, from bramble and cardamom to hazelnut or Kirsch, are squidgy and moreish. It would be hard not to return for the simple but indulgent Spanish hot chocolate served with freshly made churros. Despite a laidback attitude to coffee drinking, the people behind Chocolate Tree are evidently not relaxed when it comes to other areas of the business and clearly strive for an ethical approach to sourcing and presentation.
- High point: Spoilt for choice with over 16 varieties of hot chocolate to choose from
- Low point: Hard to gurantee a seat without booking
- Delivery: Only deliver if you order a whole cake.
- Private dining: Up to 6 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic acoustic
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2010
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