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.
- Average price £8 (lunch)
- Website themannahousebakery.co.uk
Home-baking meets French patisserie in this deservedly popular bakery – you'll be spoiled for choice.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The breadbasket overflows in this bright and cheerful wee place that’s been serving up freshly baked sweets and savouries for over a decade. Everything here is handmade in-house, using traditional techniques and as many local ingredients as possible. You eat in a working bakery, with the kitchen team kneading, shaping and baking in full view of the customers. The Manna House offers a mix of home baking and French patisserie, so along with a delicious choice of rolls, loaves and pastries you’ll also find a show-stopping selection of éclairs, operas, tartes and macarons. A savoury counter serves soups and sandwiches, quiches, frittata and big bold salads. It’s cash only, and you can’t reserve a table. But you’ll not wait long for one at this smashing little bakery that shows there’s so much more to great baking than a savoury slice.
- High point: More choice than you can shake a French stick at
- Low point: There's no loo
- Notable dish: Lime and coconut opera
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: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Funk, soul, jazz
- Capacity: 16 (+4 outdoors)
- Largest group: 6
- Open since: 2005
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