My chums Patrick and Mina, along with young quester Ayla, have been
frequenting the William Street eateries on their recent visit to Edinburgh, with enjoyable stops at Nikki’s and Herbie. I’d visited the former, but not the latter, so decided to rectify that anomaly, on an early morning stop.


A simply appointed takeout place, the thing that struck me first upon entering was the profusion of freshly made breads. The friendly counter man was busy preparing sandwiches. The place was full of the wonderful aroma of baked goods.

I opted to start my day with a lorne sausage roll, with brown my preferred choice for both roll and sauce. The counter man disappeared in to the back shop, soon re-appearing with the filled roll already wrapped.

Bread counter

The bill came to a mere £1.20, which sounded like excellent value. And so it proved.

Once outside, I quickly took a snapshot, then proceeded to tuck in to the excellently fresh roll. The filling was good, but it was the bread of the roll that was the real star. In its seeded browness, it rather virtuously offset the meaty lorne filling.

Breakfast roll

Truly, with Nikki’s next door offering particularly good haggis on a morning roll, William Street provides some really good breakfast options. I dare say they offer healthy things, too, but the breakfast roll is the territory with which I’m most comfortable.

So overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Herbie. The wonderful roll containing very enjoyable lorne sausage was a complete winner. Their pricing is extremely reasonable, the service friendly and prompt, and I found the place a charming little baked aroma-laden haven. I’d recommend a visit, when you get the chance.


Blythe scores Herbie
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: lorne sausage roll

I drank: nowt

I wore: lilac tie

Total bill: £1.20

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Written by BKR