As regular readers will recall, trips to Portobello usually revolve around my teeth, but on this occasion it was such a treat for me to be in the neighbourhood without the prospect of dental treatment looming. After a brisk wander across the city, I popped into the recently opened Breadshare bakery and cafe, on Seafield Road East.

A very warm welcome awaited me as I walked through the door. The cafe has a nice to feel to it. I took a seat at one of the table, where I could take in the scale of the bakery operation that’s going on behind the scenes.

Stew and toast

Stew and toast

I remember visiting the place around 25 years ago when it was a pizza restaurant. The pizza oven remains, although the Breadshare folks haven’t quite worked out the optimum wood for firing it up.

From their nice little selection of lunchables, I opted for the vegetable cassoulet, which came with toast.



I tried their espresso, an Ethiopian yirgacheffe by Equal Exchange, which was well made and rather good.

The stew promptly arrived looking very neat and wafting a lovely herby aroma. It proved heartily good eating. The multiseed soudough toast was absolutely first rate, as you might expect.

So overall, I was very charmed by the Breadshare bakery and cafe. It’s a place that’s doing fine work, embodies a positive community spirit, and delivers high quality fare. I’d recommend it to you and look forward to many future visits.

Blythe scores Breadshare
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: veggie cassoulet

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: grey and black

Total bill: £5.50

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Written by BKR