The Early Bird Coffee & Tea House

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Early Bird Coffee & Tea House
39 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JP
  • Telephone 07455 988833
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat/Sun 10am–6pm.
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Inviting café paying loving attention to loose leaf tea, coffee and a small but beautiful lunch, food and cake selection.

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A newcomer to Tollcross, the Early Bird should become a firm favourite. From the grey walls and bird wallpaper in the front room, to the green shaggy carpet and yellow beanbags in the back, the décor is pretty and modern and the atmosphere relaxed. The owners obviously care very much about what they’re doing, with attention paid to the details, right down to the water temperature of the tea (70 degrees for green tea) and coffee that's just as lovingly made. The speciality is Hungarian chimney cake – a deliciously soft, cylinder-shaped Danish pastry dusted with cinnamon, iced, or even savoury. Food is mainly sandwiches, soups and savoury croissants with vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Once you’ve sunk into a beanbag and supped the perfect cup of tea, it becomes very difficult to leave.

  • High point: Careful, courteous staff
  • Low point: You may stay longer than planned
  • Notable dish: Chimney cake
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chilled, ambient
  • Capacity: Approx 30