The Beach House

The Beach House
57 Bath Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1HE
  • Telephone 0131 657 2636
  • Seasonal times Sat/Sun evening opening until 9pm April– Sept
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8.45am–5pm; Sat/Sun 8.45am–6pm.
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The Beach House

A bustling, bright seafront café with a wide-ranging menu that supports local suppliers.

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Few places offer a view to match the sweep of beach, sea and sky from this bright and spacious family friendly Portobello café. The Beach House serves breakfast and lunch with a flair that ensures it’s busy even when the promenade is deserted. A tangy beetroot soup gets a twist of yoghurt, horseradish and dill drizzle, a smoked salmon sandwich comes with mushy peas on seaweed sourdough, while a brie panini is boosted by homemade ratatouille. The emphasis is on local organic ingredients – the meat and fruit cordials come from Portobello, cakes are baked locally and many of the greens grow in the café’s garden. Mezze platters and breakfast specials change daily, children get their own menu and service is fast and attentive. For early summer 2016 plans are to have a licence in place and for early evening opening with tapas plates, platter and drinks. This is a place for enjoying the view on the plate as much as the one from the window.

  • High point: A room with a view
  • Low point: Be prepared to queue on a sunny day
  • Notable dish: Beetroot soup with yoghurt, horseradish and dill drizzle
  • Average price: £9.50 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 90 (up to 30 outside depending on the weather)
  • Largest group: 8 normally. Whole venue can be hired for private functions.
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £18 per bottle

Reviews & features

The rough guide to Portobello, Edinburgh's seaside

24 Mar 2011

Neighbourhood Watch: The best bits by the beach

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