Yes, that is a wardrobe FULL OF CAKE.
Having heard only good things about Lovecrumbs in Edinburgh, it was top of my list of places to go when I was home for Christmas. And it was certainly worth the wee wait! This cosy tearoom in Edinburgh’s West Port (just along from the Grassmarket) is a haven for cake lovers, tea addicts and vintage aficionados alike. The brainchild of lovely lady bakers Rachel and Hollie, Lovecrumbs is the icing on the cake (!) of Edinburgh’s excellent baking scene. They sell a variety of bakes and cakes as well as tea from Anteaques, coffee by Artisan Roast and hot chocolate from Coco.
With their unique flavour combinations, Lovecrumbs’ bakes tasted even better than they looked (click here and drool). After much umming and ahhing, I went for the festive white chocolate and chestnut tart (the chestnut purée really gave the chocolate a lovely depth of flavour) and the deliciously spicy orange, chilli and clove hot chocolate. Al had an apricot scone and violet tea (complete with a thermos of boiling water for refills!) which was seriously yummy.
The atmosphere is relaxed and homely, just like an old friend’s front room. For me the pleasure was in the details – mismatched furniture, vintage teacups and retro utensils. All this contrasted with the almost industrial, stripped-back décor with exposed beams and pillars, which kept things modern and avoided the risk of looking twee.
This was the first of two visits whilst I was at home – if I lived in Edinburgh, you’d have to keep me away!
You can find Lovecrumbs at 155 West Port, as well as the Drill Hall Food Market (Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36, Dalmeny St, Leith). They also offer a wholesale service and make cakes to order for events, including bespoke wedding and celebration cakes. Click here to follow them on twitter and here to like them on Facebook!
The West Port is one of my favourite parts of the city – it’s filled with brilliant vintage and antique shops, including Edinburgh stalwart Herman Brown. Here are a few shots of ‘Cabaret’, one of my favourite vintage shops, which deserves a post of its own!