Food news - Bakehouse Co, The Holyrood 9A and Cocoa Black
There is always a rash of new places flinging their doors open in time for Edinburgh’s festival season, and this year is no different. One prominent newcomer to Victoria Street is a second branch of Broughton Street’s Bakehouse Co. Retaining some of the old-fashioned tearoom style of the original, it’s a narrow, slightly ramshackle but smart affair over three floors of the former Pine and Old Lace shop where you’ll find fresh sandwiches, salads, pies and classy baking, as well as pots of tea and good coffee. 46 Victoria Street, thebakehousecompany.co.uk
Elsewhere in town, The Holyrood 9A is located near the junction of The Pleasance and Holyrood Road. An old boozer made over with a bit more than just a couple of brown sofas and some IKEA tables, it has 20 draught beer taps including Bacchus Framboise Belgian raspberry beer, Stewart’s Edinburgh Gold and Brewdog’s Zeitgeist, while the simple but decent food includes gourmet burgers, salads, snacks and breakfasts. 9a Holyrood Road, 0131 556 5044, theholyrood.co.uk.
Peebles has a new chocolatier, Cocoa Black, selling handmade chocolates and patisserie and also operating a chocolate school offering tuition at all levels from beginner to professional. The operation is run by South African born Ruth Hinks, who has spent time at leading chocolate schools including Cacao Barry in Paris and picked up a gold medal at the Culinary Olympics in Efurt, Germany, a few years back. You can find out more by calling 01721 723764 or going to cocoablack.co.uk