It took only a few glances at the menu to know that I could easily eat here again and again and again. The menu is little more than that of a coffee or tea house: simple sandwiches, homey soups, small cheese plates, hot and cold drinks, and homemade sweets. It is in the delivery, however, that this little coffee house rises well above run of the mill. First of all, it is in fascinating historic building with connections to Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI/I. The stone barrel vault of the low ceiling is very nearly original from the 16th century. With all that shielding from the elements, the shop is warm and cozy, gentle and unpretentious. But then the food starts to arrive and quickly you discover how meltingly lovely each bite is from first to sweet. The man in the kitchen created the loveliest cheddar and cauliflower soup I've ever tasted and the only cream cheese frosting (on the carrot cake) that I've ever really loved. On asking, I did find out that it was another cheese that stood in for the cream cheese ... and what a slight of hand it was. Not to be outdone, the staff was chatty and informative in that delightful kind of way few members of a restaurant staff ever really achieve.
The perfume of that carrot cake will long linger in my imagination!
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