I'd heard about the Pantry through loads of foodie websites listing the best and cosiest places for brunch in Edinburgh.
It seemed to be buzzing with positive reviews and looked like just my type of place.
I'd only just managed to work out Twitter and through their profile found out that they were planning on having a few evening taster suppers at their restaurant and deli shop in Stockbridge.
I decided to seize a chance to sample what looked like a delicious menu at brilliant prices with some very eager friends. Stockbridge is a lovely place to stroll around and the Pantry is situated just at the top of North West Circle Place.
So last week, I headed to the Pantry for a seasonal taster supper. It has a lovely warming and welcoming atmosphere and is beautifully decorated with a sort of rustic and cosy feeling, mix match chairs and a very unique, farm animal wall paper which is fun and relaxed.
It was a short menu of beautiful dishes showcasing local produce and celebrating key ingredients.I had an arbroath smoky and leek risotto with fried egg on toast and then beef shin with spinach, barley, shallots and red wine.
The risotto was beautifully smoky, rich and deliciously creamy in texture. I'd never tried arbroath smoky before but am a huge fan of smoked fish.
The slow-cooked beef shin melted in my mouth, with the barley as a perfectly contrasting texture accompanied by a deliciously tangy red wine sauce.
The dishes were also presented beautifully
I was so impressed by the inventive menu and friendly atmosphere at the Pantry so thought I'd try out their brunch menu as well. On a Sunday morning it was bustling with people and a lovely hide away from the freezing Scotland weather outside.
I can't rave enough about the food at the Pantry- it's upmarket and creative without being at all pretentious and is incredibly healthy, tasty and affordable at the same time. We pondered over the brunch menu for ages trying to decide before ordering ham hock hash with poached duck egg, arbroath smokie kedgeree with soft quail's eggs, sweetcorn fritters with spicy tomato chutney, sweet and creamy porridge and homemade granola.
Very satisfying Sunday morning food!
Sweetcorn fritters with a spicy tomato chutney
Homemade granola with dried cranberries and milk served in mini milk churns- a great little detail
They also offer a whole array of breakfast rolls, the full-on breakfast and their own version of eggs Benedict as well as hemp seed pancakes with buckthorn yoghurt.
We headed on from the Pantry- warm and full of delicious brunch to Stockbridge Market- held on Sundays from 10-5. It's a perfect size for a leisurely stroll and is full of really interesting fresh produce from local producers and delicious hot food stands.
We even found some delicious gluten free carrot cupcakes from Cuckoo's Bakery - a gorgeous cupcake shop and tea room on Dundas Street.
Make sure to visit:
1-2 North West Circus Place
and Cuckoo's Bakery
150 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5DQ