The Manna House
- Telephone 0131 652 2349
- Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
- Bar open Shop: Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 9am–5pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat 8am–5.30pm; Sun 10am–4.30pm.
- Average price £6.50 (lunch)
- Website themannahousebakery.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
It’s almost impossible to begin describing the Manna House in anything but a gushing tone. Small but perfectly formed, the reputation of the place as possibly Edinburgh’s best artisan bakery is spreading across the city, and what’s most inspiring is that they don’t just base their reputation on doing one thing well. Every day they prepare dozens of fresh breads, exotic salads, quiches, pastries, soups and sandwiches packed with artisan fillings, as well as a patisserie counter that’s satisfying just to gaze at. Add to this the friendliness and the familiarity of the service and the recently inaugurated Sunday opening hours (the new weekend brunch menu is typically different, featuring baked omelette, homemade crumpets and green pancakes with smoked salmon), and the Manna House goes from strength to strength with deserved success.
- High point: Deservedly draws admirers from all over town
- Low point: Limited seating and no washroom
Known for its bread (made using Scottish ingredients where possible and without flour improvers, preservatives or other undesirables), the Manna House is a local bakery found at the top of Easter Road. Everything is made fresh on the premises – from savoury and sweet pastries to cakes, and soups, salads, tarts and 20 types of daily bread. Many use it as a neighbourhood shop, but after a recent expansion and the inclusion of a café it's now easier to have your cake to take home and eat it in house too.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Background easy listening
- Capacity: 16
- Largest group: 6
- Open since: 2005
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