Counter on the Canal

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The Counter
Counter on the Canal
Various venues, Edinburgh
  • Telephone no fixed phone line
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–4pm; Sat/Sun 9.30am–4pm.
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Converted canal boat selling Edinburgh-roasted coffee and home baking on the Union Canal.

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The Counter on the Canal is a restored narrowboat serving coffee and sweet treats, moored just beside the Leamington lift bridge. The Counter also operates three well-placed converted police boxes at the Usher Hall, Tollcross and Morningside, but this is their first floating venture. With great branding and a fresh, colourful feel, this is a small but welcome addition to the area, with a couple of tables on the towpath for enjoying the canalside views. The excellent coffee is from Stockbridge roasters Mr Eion, while the baking includes brownies and biscuits all handmade by the owners. The salted caramel and pecan cookies are generous, rich and chewy, while the brownies are spot on. It’s worth noting they also take cards, so it's handy for visitors and hurried commuters alike.

  • High point: High quality coffee and baking in a great spot
  • Low point: Slightly limited range of bakes
  • Notable dish: Salted caramel and pecan cookies

The Counter Team love great coffee in small spaces. With our bespoke blend of locally-roasted beans, our talented baristas know how to sling a decent espresso. Working, come rain or shine, in our beautifully converted police boxes and narrow boat. We also know that a great coffee loves a great accompaniment – our home baked treats are the ultimate addition.

Police boxes can be found at Usher Hall, Tollcross and Morningside. The Counter on the Canal Boat is at the Lochrin Basin, Union Canal.

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  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Radio 6 Music
  • Capacity: (4 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2016