I must admit that I tend to go through Polwarth and rarely stop for long. I was on my way to Brunstfield when I saw Odds and Ends, luckily time and my curiosity allowed a quick pit stop. I lived in the area when I first moved to Edinburgh and wanted to see what had happened to my old local corner shop.
At the corner of Granville Terrace and Polwarth Gardens, Odds and Ends is unassuming from the road and comforting on the inside. Following the modern coffee shop look, its base brick walls and eclectic furniture lives up to the name. It is a quite a spacious interior and can comfortable hold 25 people. This morning’s customers were a real mix – mums catching up, young professionals on laptops and people getting out the house with the day’s newspaper (me).
The couple behind the counter where very friendly and helpful, sharing that they have been open for less than two weeks and are still getting everything in place. Apart from the lack of a Wi-Fi connection (coming soon) it was hard to tell. The service was quick and efficient, coffee was smooth and had a lovely long after-taste and the lemon & poppy seed cake was light and buttery with just a hint of lemony tang. Odds and Ends are working with a good group of suppliers – coffee from Mr Eoin of Stockbridge, cake from the Manna House Bakery and soup from EF’s friends at Union of Genius.
Their corner of Polwarth is fast becoming a cool place for chilling. Two doors down, Piece Box are fairly crammed with people digging into their amazing calorific cakes. Odds and Ends offer something different for the area and I suspect they will be a success.
Most likely to see – locals having an hour out of the house, students finishing essays.
Summary – Odds and ends is a little out of town, but their comfortable environment, friendly service and good coffee & vittles’ should keep them busy. I will definitely be back.
8 Polwarth Crescent