For reasons I will not explore in depth, I found myself out of the road, trudging through the snow, from 7am, yesterday morning. I had racked up quite a few miles, by the time hunger struck. When it did, I was in the Portobello neighbourhood, so took the opportunity to check out the latest addition to their cafe scene, Annie & Belle, which opened on Wednesday.


A combination cafe and gift shop, it’s run by two lovely young ladies, Annie and Dixie (the Belle of the cafe’s name is Dixie’s middle name). Busy the whole time that I sat there, it seems to be attracting a good crowd of folks keen to sample their home fashioned cakes and good coffee. Indeed, I will be instructing Sarah, of Cake Quest fame, to come and sample a slice (the walnut cake looked excellent), at her earliest convenience.

Soupy Soup

I was after more savoury sustenance, as is often the case, so chose the soup of the day from the small but neatly comprehensive menu.¬†Today’s soup was leek and potato.

It arrived in good time, and was served with two good slices of freshly baked white bread. I tucked in, while gently encouraging my feet to defrost themselves.

The soup was heartiness in a bowl; a big hug of a soup. Chunky chunks of potato had warmth coursing through me, and vitality returning to my harshly treated extremities.


I still had miles to go before I slept, so rounded off my shivery bite with a cup of good coffee.

Overall, Annie & Belle is a completely charming little cafe. I can see it being a real success over the coming months and years. They have a few little issues to iron-out in terms of service (there was a little confusion as to whether its table service or order at the counter, from a few of the customers who came in), but this will come in time.

Tea Cosies and Other Gifts

They’re beginning from a really high-quality starting-point, so they have an excellent opportunity to develop a really characterful Porty High Street staple. I’d recommend you go along, try the soup, and, when you have a little more time than I did, succumb to temptation and let your tastebuds run riot with their cakes.


Blythe scores Annie & Belle
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s lunch quester was: Blythe

I ate: leek and potato soup

I drank: coffee

I wore: blue overcoat and rosy cheeks

Total bill: c.£5.50

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Written by BKR