Elaine's Cuppa Cake
- Telephone 0131 629 0646
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–8.30pm; Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 9.30am–5pm.
- Average price £6 (lunch)
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Situated in the heart of student-heavy South Clerk Street, this recent opening is a good choice for those in need of reasonably-priced classic café fare done well. The décor is still evolving behind the bright stack of teapots in the window: Starbucks it ain’t, and thank the lord for it. All the baking is homemade and the very reasonable priced afternoon tea lasts all day – £8 will furnish two of you with sandwiches, cakes, scones and coffee or tea on the side, though caution on the tea intake is advised as there aren't any toilets. Save room for sublimely fluffy pancakes with either bacon or freshly chopped bananas and maple syrup or scarf down a tasty soup. An unpretentious eaterie in which the eponymous Elaine makes a staunch effort to create a homely atmosphere, whether that be nattering on the state of the roads to weary travellers or nipping out to buy gluten-free bread for a coeliac customer.
- High point: Delish sticky pancakes
- Low point: No toilets
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Radio
- Capacity: 24
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