The Bakehouse Co.

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Bakehouse Co.
32c Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3SB
  • Telephone 0131 557 1157
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–5pm; Sat/Sun 10.30am–5pm.
  • Average price £6.50 (set lunch)
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Having changed hands in 2010, then suffered a destructive fire in 2011, it has been a turbulent time for The Bakehouse. In that time, its evocation of the traditional values of tea and cake has started trending around town, and their nostalgic theme with antique cake stands, silver teapots and bare brick walls suddenly seems less of an original selling point. The hiatus at the Bakehouse has allowed for an internal reorganisation, with the servery and kitchen shifted to one side of the tearoom, allowing for slightly more sitting space, though the comfortable window tables, a fine vantage point for the comings and goings of busy Broughton Street, remain as appealing as ever. The Bakehouse is a café-tearoom first and foremost, rather than a bakery, so teas, coffees, lunchtime sandwiches and baked potatoes are the mainstay, joined by various in-house creations including pies, soups, a daily stew, savoury scones and cakes.

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Sandwiched on Broughton Street, the Bakehouse is a pleasant wee café serving breakfasts of porridge, bacon rolls, filled croissants, scones and sweet pastries, through to lunches of homemade cakes, salads, baked potatoes, quiches, pies and sandwiches. Undoubtedly diners can find similar counters of fresh bakery and tasty fillings – like smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and spinach, or chorizo, manchego and red onion chutney – elsewhere in the New Town, but what raises the Bakehouse above the rest is their daily soups and stews. Sweet potato, bacon and paprika soup is balanced and well seasoned, and a nourishing stew of slow-cooked beef with Guinness, mushroom and pearl barley proves the cook to be more than a good baker. The café looks like an old patisserie, decorated with Edwardian chocolate adverts and cabinets displaying zesty blueberry and almond tart, lemon and poppy seed cake and rich, soft brownies. This is a fine spot to stop, sip tea served in silver teapots and milk jugs atop burr elm tables, and people-watch from the plush purple window seat.

  • High point: The stew is a masterclass in the souper's art
  • Low point: Big cups need to be heated to keep wee coffees hot
  • Notable dish: Daily soups and stews
  • Average price: £6.50 (set lunch)
  • Delivery: Local deliveries for orders over £10
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2008

Reviews & features

Time for tea, at last - the best tea rooms

23 Jul 2009

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