Another glorious morning trip to Leith, and what bright and sun-kissed daybreak it was. With time not entirely on my side, and hunger creeping up, I thought a quick morning roll stop was the order of the day, so popped in to No 1 Sandwich Bar, on Bernard Street.
This is quite an old school caff, with the emphasis on quick, reasonably priced fare. You can have a four item morning roll for £2.40, for example, although I rather suspected that my capability to eat such a thing without disastrous implications for my tie was not worth testing. I stuck to a “doubler” choosing haggis and black pudding.
I ordered an accompanying espresso, when I should have ordered a big mug of tea, but I’m still prone to the odd schoolboy error like that.
The roll proved to be really good, with two generous slices of black pudding sitting atop a good dollop of peppery haggis. I topped things with a squirt of brown sauce, for good measure. I was pleased with the flavours, the textures, and the amount of filling, making it another winning breakfast combo.
So overall, No 1 served me very nicely. Service was friendly and swift, and while the place could probably use a little refresh, it’s a good, traditional, no-nonsense sort of place, so there’s very little about it that I’d change.
Blythe scores No 1 Sandwich Bar
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
2.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 12.5/20
I ate: haggis and black pudding roll
I drank: espresso
I wore: brown boots
Total bill: £2.60