April 2, 2012 Edinburgh Cafe, Leith 1 Comment


I had the slight notion of taking a break from walking given that this weekend marks the falling of my birthday, but come Friday night I decided that would be rather a bad idea, given that the London to Brighton Challenge is a mere six weeks away. So, while MJ was working in the bookstore, I took a quick twenty mile turn round the city.

About halfway round, hunger pangs struck, so thoughts turned to bacons rolls and cups of hot beverage goodness. I’d spotted The Haven, on Anchorfield, during one of our previous efforts, so thought it looked like a good place for a stop.

Good coffee

It’s been open since November, and seems to be doing a good, steady trade. On today’s visit, I found the cafe populated by both a few locals and a group of chaps from a nearby construction site. Attracting a good balance a clientele like this will be key to their continued success, so this was very promising to see.

From a nice array of options, I chose a haggis breakfast roll. With this, I sipped an Americano, made with Artisan Roast beans.

Lovely view

Coffee arrived first and it was top quality. Soon to follow, was the roll. I added brown sauce of the HP variety and was ready to embark. The haggis came in two generous slices. It hit the spot very nicely.

I had a prime seat to gaze out of the window as I chomped away. The view is a trifle unfortunate, as the ‘splendour’ of Chancelot Mill fills the vista entirely.

Haggis roll

Overall, The Haven is a lovely little oasis of calm. It’s friendly and welcoming, with good coffee and nicely prepared breakfasts. I’ll pop back a little later in the day, soon, to see how their soup measures up. Based on this short visit, I’m optimistic it’ll be good.

Blythe scores The Haven:
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 14.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: haggis roll

I drank: coffee

I wore: Berghaus Pac-Lite jacket

Total bill: £3.20

The Haven
9 Anchorfield
Edinburgh, EH6 4JG

Written by BKR