The Manna House
- Telephone 0131 652 2349
- Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
- Bar open Shop: Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 9am–5pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat 8am–5.30pm; Sun 9am–4.30pm.
Home-baking meets French patisserie in this deservedly popular bakery – you'll be spoiled for choice.
A deservedly popular bakery and French patisserie, Manna House opened in 2005 and pre-dates many of Edinburgh's artisan bakeries. Doors open at 8am (9am on a Sunday) with a steady stream of customers dropping by for still-warm pastries, loaves to go, and takeaway boxes of dainty cakes which make an excellent gift for a friend's dinner table. (When they're gone they’re gone though, so it's always worth getting here early, especially at weekends.) Brunches and sit-down lunches are also available, with a pick and mix salad selection plus savoury tarts and chunky sandwiches. Table service can be slow at peak times, so it's probably a better choice for a leisurely meal or coffee and cake rather than lunch in a hurry. The outdoor tables are lovely when the weather co-operates too.
- High point: Warm croissants on a Sunday morning
- Low point: No toilets
- Notable dish: Hazelnut and praline choux bun
Known for its bread (made using Scottish ingredients where possible and without flour improvers, preservatives or other undesirables), the Manna House is a local bakery found at the top of Easter Road. Everything is made fresh on the premises – from savoury and sweet pastries to cakes, and soups, salads, tarts and 20 types of daily bread. Many use it as a neighbourhood shop, but after a recent expansion and the inclusion of a café it's now easier to have your cake to take home and eat it in house too.
Yummy' doesn't begin to do justice to the amazing food on offer at this beloved little bakery/café. Nestled among the less auspicious takeaways and boozers of Easter Road is a haven of culinary perfection. Owned by Martin Wilson, Andrew Massey and Claire Coussmaker, it is a relatively new takeaway bakery/café that has gone from strength to award-winning strength. It really is worth trying to snag one of the two tables for a sit-down experience of the sweet and savoury goodies on offer. The dazzling array of confectionery that looks far too pretty to dismember with a fork includes individual cheesecakes with perfect texture, subtle flavour and little hats of jewel-like fruit. For chocolate lovers, slices of pleasure-laden cakes satisfy even the strongest cravings. Add to that the perfectly indulgent main meal items - lashings of items en croute, in pies, on bread - and you can't go wrong. Or go hungry. There's also the handy pick'n'mix fillings bar that makes catering to food intolerances really easy. Plus, it's all created without the aid of additives, shelf life improvers or flavour enhancers. And they have beautiful floral displays. And the prices are great. And … you get the point.
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- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 16 (+4 outdoors)
- Largest group: 6
- Open since: 2005
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