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#111 of 523 Cafe in Edinburgh
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Cafe, European, British, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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All reviews brunch veggie breakfast poached eggs french toast stornoway black pudding soup scones sandwich lovely cafe great coffee friendly service visiting edinburgh tasty food mushrooms fringe
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The breakfast this morning was a total rip off , the hollandaise sauce was bland and runny and the breakfast was not the usual standard. With a mean attitude to the food .. what’s happened Birchwood !!! And also the prices have gone way up.... The only good thing about this cafe is the lovely friendly staff who are always attentive and helpful . They are the only reason I would want to go back.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

Lovely little cafe in Edinburgh which provides very good value for money and with very friendly staff. I am quite partial to the King’s Benedict with haggis. The French toast is lovely as well.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 December 2023

Prices are reasonable for Edinburgh. Good portion sizes. Good hot chocolate. Good poached egg. The decor looks pretty tired, our tables glassware had lipstick stains, the toilets were in a poor condition (we visited at 9am) and it was very cold. All easy things to...fix to make it a more enjoyable experience and such potential. It would be great if chai lattes could be offered (the powder is easy to purchase) and fresh berries on the Berry French toast rather than just a jam. Porridge being available on weekends rather than just week days would also be great for winter. Being able to offer normal mascarpone also helpful rather than just espresso.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023 via mobile

The table tops in this place are disgustingly sticky and tacky. We asked for our table to be cleaned but we were told it was clean, it just had a sticky surface. We observed the tables being cleaned with a spray and a cloth which...seemed to just spread the detritus around. Soapy wAter and a clean cloth might be better. The kids with us ordered beans on toast from the kids menu but they were some kind of up -market beans and bread. The kids wouldn’t eat them. Kids usually like something bog standard. ….Sliced buttered bread and Heinz would have done the trick. The service was slow.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023

Delicious high quality food, nice atmosphere and the most friendly staff. I had the Eggs Benedict with bacon and it was excellent. Highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2023

Outstanding. The food is superb - it tastes, and is presented, like it is from a high end restaurant. The ingredients are stunning - the mushrooms very tasty and it was and it was great to taste genuine Stornoway black pudding (so many restaurants claim...to sell it - but do not). If the food was not enough to give this place 5 stars, the service is also tremendous: friendly, efficient and informativeMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023

Such an amazing selection of breakfast/brunch delights. I had the veggie breakfast and my husband had the regular breakfast. Both were excellent. I can’t wait to return to try some of the other options such as mushrooms on toast.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 1 February 2023

Table reserved for 12.30. No water brought to table. Table needed to be wiped. Order for soup and sandwich put in swiftly. No mention of delay in service. At 12.35 the waitress returned to say that they had run out of soup on notice board...and replaced it with cream of mushroom. No menu brought to table to order a replacement. Requested a bacon and egg roll which I remembered was on menu. Coffee arrived at 1.45. Food did not arrive until 1.10. Other diners who had arrived after us had been served. When we complained we were told the chef had put chilli jam on my order so it had to be done again. No information had been given until I complained. The waitress said they had been unexpectedly busy. This cafe is fine for a coffee but I would never return to eat here again. I didn't even enjoy my roll as I had to rush to eat it as it took so long to arrive.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2022

This is a great brunch stop for classic breakfast items and some sandwich and soup options. I tried to french toast which was so amazing and would highly recommend. Brunch for three with coffees and some extra sides was about $45USD, very reasonable.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022

Met with the family here for brunch and what a fabulous brunch we had, very tasty food. The decor is beautiful, loved the colours and the plants made it very calming. This was our first time in The Birchwood and it won’t be our last....Will.be telling everyone I know to come and try it out.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022

Went to The Birchwood with family during the fringe. The food is incredible, staff were great and its doggy friendly! Brunch is served all day which is a big plus. Definitely worth a visit if you're visiting Edinburgh or live locally.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful breakfast my friend and I had here. Service, menu and value for money outstanding! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022

This was our first breakfast in Edinburgh and it didn't disappoint. We had poached eggs on avocado toast with chili jam. Fantastic. Cappuccino did not disappoint. Lovely quaint place walking distance right around the corner from our AirBnB. Service was good and friendly. Scones were...tasty!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2022

I come here for lunch as I work close by, it is a great place, a lovely ambiance, very clean, such tasty food and interesting menu, great coffee, very good value and such pleasant and helpful staff. What's not to like ?

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 January 2022

Everything from the food and drinks to the ambiance and welcoming staff was top notch. The avocado and poached eggs dish was wonderfully fresh and the breakfast plate was very tasty. Great value for money too! We shall be back!

Date of visit: January 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5