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Saturday, 16 April 2016
Edinburgh cafes: Southpour, Lovecrumbs, Forest, Scottish Storytelling Centre
In fact Southpour was new to all Edinburgh. It had very recently opened when we arrived. At first we just passed on bus and saw many people enjoying themselves in a cafe of quirky furniture and sparkly fairy lights. Then we moved to our Newington holiday flat and were walking distance. So we visited.
One of our favourite places on previous trips to Edinburgh has been the Scottish Storytelling Centre in the John Knox house on Royal Mile. It has been a warm and cosy place for a bite to eat. We ate here a couple of times but E was not so impressed by the service this time.
I really loved my ploughman's platter with cheese, oatcakes, bread, roast vegies, waldorf salad and fruit. E enjoyed a haggis tzatziki wrap. The brownie was rather good too. And I love an elderflower presse to drink. This was the place where Sylvia learnt to have hot chocolate with some cream on the side. She ordered this as often as possible while in Edinburgh.
St Patrick's Day. I hope to be back.
We have a particular sentimental fondness for Forest Cafe because it used to be quite close to our flat in Edinburgh and my brother volunteered there for a time. It now moved to the Tollbooth and is expanded but still has a touch of student bohemianism about it. You can see photos of Forest Cafe from our last trip and notice a little has changed but not much.
Sylvia ordered a hot chocolate and a brownie. I ordered a fruit tea, E had a latte and the two of us shared a plate of nachos. That dish is a sentimental favourite that we have had a Forest many times. The drinks and brownie came first. The brownie was probably one of the best bakes we had in Edinburgh. Sylvia didn't like her hot chocolate because it wasn't sweet enough and I didn't like the spiciness in my tea. So we swapped and were quite happy.
It was with delight that we returned to lovecrumbs cake shop which we had really loved last time when Shauna had taken us there (thanks again Shauna). We went there at the start of the trip and I was sure we would get back but like so many other places we never had a chance. Such a shame. It is fun to swoon over the cake cabinet. Such gorgeous layer cakes and surprising flavours.
1-5 Newington Road
Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1QR
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street Edinburgh, EH1 1SR
Tel: 0131 556 1229
141 Lauriston Place
Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9JN
Tel: 0131 229 4922
155 West Port
Edinburgh EH3 9DP