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24 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH9 1HG
  • Telephone 0131 629 2622
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 9am–3.30pm; closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon/Tue 8am–3pm; Wed 8am–12.30pm; Thu/Fri 8am–3pm; Sat 9.30am–1pm; Sun 10am–1pm.
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This wee café is all about the oats – beautiful bowls of porridge and granola served with inventive and delicious toppings.

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Health and indulgence combine in equal measure at this inspired little spot on the Marchmont café scene. Dedicated to oats and grains, Brochan unashamedly serves extravagant bowls of porridge from morning until mid-afternoon. A pear crumble porridge bowl arrives beautifully drizzled with dark chocolate and a scattering of petals. Underneath them, ginger poached pears complement creamy slow cooked home-rolled oats. Vegan incarnations of most options are par for the course and, virtuously, refined sugar is off the menu altogether. It’s surprising to feel this smug about food so abounding in health qualities but a chocolate and hazelnut smoothie or banoffee porridge will compare favourably as an alternative to a sticky slab of cake even for the very sweet-toothed. Coffee lovers will also be more than satisfied with a cup of Glen Lyon, while avocado or smashed butternut squash on toast offers a less oat-focused breakfast alternative.

The List's rating






Hannah Jefferson visited Brochan on 4 February 2019
  • High point: Porridge made thoroughly exciting
  • Low point: Limited savoury options
  • Notable dish: Pear crumble porridge bowl
  • Average price: £11 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Pop
  • Capacity: 11
  • Largest group: 6
  • Open since: October 2016

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