I've been lucky enough to have a fair few visitors to Edinburgh this term and one of the most common remarks they make is that they have never seen a city as full of cafes and restaurants as Edinburgh. The georgian style streets are full of little boutique cafes or deli shops. I've made a pact with myself never to visit a big coffee chain again in Edinburgh as there are so many brilliant independent cafes that deserve local recognition and praise. It's a wonder how they all survive in such a competitive environment but the city appears to be full of cafe fans like me and as each cafe is trying to stand out, there's always something new and exciting.
It was recently set up by two pastry chefs, who having worked in many prestigious restaurants in London, wanted to create their own place that showcased their passion for good quality food in a vintage and glamorous atmosphere.
From the outside, as you walk down the steps, you can see their cake displays set out in the window with homemade bespoke cupcakes, tray bakes, scones and delicious looking cakes.
However, there are not many tables in the back room which hopefully will be changed in the future, but if you are with a big group I would give them a quick ring to make sure there's space. Although at basement level,they still have a big window in the back room which allows for natural light and creates a cosy atmosphere to sit in.
It has a elegant and glamarous atmosphere with vintage bunting, ornaments and big lace curtains draped from the windows with beautifully upholstered chairs.
They specialise in providing a proper afternoon tea served on tiered cake stands and dainty china. However, they also hold vintage tea parties and can supply bespoke celebration and wedding cakes. In fact, two of my uni friends are planning a joint birthday tea party there in which you can dress up in vintage-style clothing, and sit down to a totally glamorous afternoon tea party.
They are also very committed to catering for different dietary needs, especially gluten free and aim to provide at least 3 gluten free options in their daily selection of cakes and baked goods. I have sampled both their gluten free scones and banana bread which were baked perfectly.
They serve artisan coffee and many different varieties of eteaket loose leaf tea as well as their unique hot chocolate blends including flavours such as lavender hot chocolate.