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The Blue Bear

££ - £££Cafe, British,
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
+44 131 629 0229
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (100 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (40 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I adore The Blue Bear café. My boyfriend and I discovered this gem only last month and we've already enjoyed a few visits and are never disappointed. The servers are lovely and welcoming and the food is amazing. I usually get the toasted bagel and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kalli G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came in for brunch on a Saturday, ordered coffee and breakfast. Half an hour went by and no coffee. When we asked where our coffee was, it turned out they had forgotten our order entirely! A guy came over to say ‘I forgot your...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank D7030NWlaurak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on Sunday 18th November hoping to try it out. When we arrived the couple ahead of us were being told they could wait. Asked for a table for 2, asked if we had booked, we hadn't. Told we could just join the queue,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank 814alistairc
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

The title says it all, pricing ridiculous, normal fry up will cost you around £13, quality of meat is pretty sub standard

Date of visit: October 2018
3  Thank Mario V
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Charming and personable and food/drinks were fantastic. Games on the table were icing on the cake. We very much enjoyed our breakfast here. It was a nice break from the touristy hustle and bustle.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 24kristinw
Reviewed 18 October 2018

There are plenty of cafes in canonmills serving good food and the Blue Bear is another one. Its small, rustic in its charm and has a vibrant menu available throughout the day. Its staffed by two friendly girls who obviously love their cafe and food...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 620kennyb
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

The food here was fairly standard, the bacon was a bit dry. The staff were very nice and helpful. The prices seemed a little high to me compared to other places we went to. We did the build your own and it was a flat...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Monica L
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Couldn’t be friendlier and the food was wonderful! Everything we had was delicious and the potato scone was a must have.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Scott F
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

This is a bustling but pleasant bistro with a wide brunch menu. It seems popular and you would be advised to book ahead or you may have to wait a while for a table to free up. As well as a full breakfast , there...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Bulla55
Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

We popped in for breakfast on a Friday morning. The Cafe was busy and had plenty of walk ins which is always a good sign. My wife had the croque madame which came with a dressed salad and a very fresh fried egg. The eggs...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank IvanS464
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2 October 2016|
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Response from David G | Property representative |
Unfortunately we will not be opening on New Year's Day. We will close on 31st at 2pm and open again on January 3rd
29 March 2015|
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Response from Florian_Bonnet | Reviewed this property |
Hi ! If you consider taking a taxi from the beginning of Princes street, it is a 5min trip. It is really worth it !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 629 0229
  • E-mail
The friendly all-day breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with a ping pong table! Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.
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