The Beach House
A bustling, bright seafront café with a wide-ranging menu that supports local suppliers.
On a fine Edinburgh day, there can be few better ways to while away the hours than with an excellent coffee and a slice of cake at an outside table here. In less clement weather, indoors beckons. Entering the bright welcoming room, the eye is drawn to the display of sweet goodies and a piece of carrot cake with an americano could be just the ticket. However, there's much more to this café than cake and coffee. Reliance on local suppliers is one sign of supporting the community, and the café garden produces many of the herbs for a vegan-friendly menu that includes brunch options such as crushed avocado with peppers, egg and chilli oil on sourdough which is baked at the Beach House bakery nearby. Soup of the day makes the most of good quality ingredients and pairs up with a range of sandwiches for a special deal.
- 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
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