This naughty-but-nice family café whips up spectacular cakes and comforting savouries, served with a touch of 1950s glamour.
The main attraction at this coffee shop down on the Shore remains the quality cakes and tarts – thick chunks of Reece’s Pieces slices, doorstopper wedges of Jammie Dodger or chocolate fudge cake, raspberry meringue cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes – you’ll find a daily rotation of different treats, all baked fresh everyday. But the savoury menu is just as solid too – they do crispy buttermilk chicken baps with jalapeños and crunchy homemade coleslaw, Mexican quesadillas, Crombie’s currywurst sausages and a macaroni topped with Mull of Kintyre cheese, among many other things. Breakfast times can get busy, particularly at weekends, and the very welcoming baby and child-friendly policy means it’s a good place to bring wee ones, or a spot to avoid on a hangover – it all depends on your circumstances. The afternoon tea remains a popular choice for pals catching up or celebrating a special occasion, and there’s a more brunch-themed option at weekends too (an online form makes it easy to book a free slot). The décor inside is an ooh-la-la mix of saucy, lacy pin-ups, pastel shades and monochrome stripes – and when the weather allows for outside tables, it’s a prime spot for people watching, or a refreshing pit-stop on a bike ride to Leith.
- High point: Dainty takeaway boxes for when your eyes are bigger than your stomach
- Low point: Busy, peak times can get noisy
- Notable dish: Savoury French toast with Ramsay of Carluke's bacon and Canadian maple syrup
- Delivery: £3.95–£6.95
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 90 (20 outside in the summer)
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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