Do you ever feel the same way as me? Once you find somewhere you’re really fond of you almost don’t want to tell others in case it spoils it? Well, I have to admit I’m guilty on that account with Lovecrumbs. I realised that after many visits I really need to tell you about it.
It’s located near Edinburgh Art College and a short walk from Lothian Road and the Grassmarket in an area which also has an unfortunate other name, perhaps not to be mentioned here.
The A frame board outside says “There’s Cake Inside” and indeed there is. It’s curious as without that sign it’s rather easy to walk past as the frontage is all black. Inside there’s an eclectic mix of furniture and shabby chic walls and ceiling. (Although, I am sure that Holly and Rachel would not call it that). The cakes are housed in a cupboard and spill over to a shelf near the window.
There’s something for everyone, from cakes you’d expect to see there such as a “Vicky Sponge” but also towering delicious creations with flavours that at first seem unusual such as peanut and banana. You soon learn to trust their instinct.
A personal favourite for me are their savoury scones served with or without Marmite. I can highly recommend the blue cheese and pinenut and rosemary and pinenut. Prices for cakes and scones and tarts are very reasonable, £2 for a scone up to £3.50 for cake (which could easy be shared).
There’s a good list of drinks and some unusual teas. The violet tea is very refreshing. Served in a china cup, it comes with a “tea bag” on a stick and a pot of hot water make several more cups.
The only thing I’d suggest, is to add a few more savoury items to encourage more of the lunch time crowd. But perhaps then that would impact their slogan too much. “There’s cake and quiche inside” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
155 West Port