November 28, 2012 Old Town, Sandwich, soup, Take Away 1 Comment

Building an audience for our little reviews has been made immeasurably easier, and entirely more pleasurable, through the use of Twitter. It really is a remarkable tool, and one I have grown to rely upon for many things.


The reason I mention it today is that I would never have come along to BBL, today, if I hadn’t heard someone make reference to it on Twitter, last week. Prior to that, I’d been vaguely aware of the place, but hadn’t found the time for a visit. I thought I’d make the time, today.

The BBL of their title stands for “breakfast, brunch, lunch” reflecting their aim to serve the needs of each of these meals. I can’t speak for breakfast and brunch, as my visit for a lunchtime one.


The place is a neat, counter-style place, focussing on the takeout market. The main thing that hit me from assessing their menu was the emphasis on burgers, which they hand-make in house. They make their own sausages, too.

I was in more traditional “soup and sandwich” mode. My constitution wasn’t in finest order, so I was looking for something plain, which was lucky as the options on offer were somewhat uninspiring. I opted for a large lentil soup, accompanied by an egg mayonnaise roll.


I strolled down the Pleasance and back towards the office, soup-carton in hand and roll-bag in pocket.

I opted to start with the soup. It had a good, rustic texture, but was very ordinary, lacking any real pep or spirit.

Much the same could be said for the roll. It was a nice brown roll, but the egg mayonnaise was under-seasoned, and the salad, while crisp, didn’t offer much, flavour-wise.

So BBL was really ordinary, which is always a disappointing thing to find. Their website talks quite eloquently of their commitment to local ingredients, which is highly commendable. It does sound like their burgers are perhaps worth a try, but my impression of the place was just so lacklustre that I really couldn’t recommend going out of your way to visit.


Blythe scores BBL
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 12/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: lentil soup; egg mayo roll

I drank: nowt

I wore: tie

Total bill: £4.20

65 Pleasance

Written by BKR