Red Box Marchmont

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Red Box Marchmont
2–6 Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BQ
  • Telephone 0131 446 0188
  • Food served Mon–Wed 8am–2pm; Thu–Sun 8am–3pm.
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Big, welcoming café in Marchmont with cooked brunches and exceptional coffee.

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There’s nothing box-like about Red Box. Inside, it’s all high ceilings and exposed brick, with a massive, painted mural covering one of the walls. A red phone box stands by the door, surrounded by products from local businesses like reusable coffee cups, fudge and whisky. Grab a stool at the window or find a secluded little nook at the back – there are plenty of seats to choose from. Coffees are small but well-crafted, tasting deliciously like woodsmoke. The menu won't win any awards for innovation with loaded baked potatoes and eggs on toast being the main content, but daily ciabatta specials adventure areas like hummus, beetroot and chicory, while the croque monsieur is creamy and bread still fluffy. Fist-sized baked potatoes don't skimp on the filling and come dripping with baked beans and melted cheese. With plenty of room there's no pressure to move on if you want to crack open your laptop, and it's well worth pitching up here to enjoy coffee after coffee while you work.

The List's rating






Suzy Pope visited Red Box Marchmont on 21 March 2019
  • High point: Loads of places to sit and incredibly welcoming service
  • Low point: Window posters block out natural light and views
  • Notable dish: Deeply aromatic black coffees
  • Average price: £9 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: nothing
  • Capacity: 50 (8 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2014