Exterior

Exterior

It’s always sad when category winners from our annual Guide to Edinburgh cease trading. It was a particular shame to see Copper Bird close as it was a super friendly place as well as serving the best breakfast rolls in the city. In its place, L’Echoppe has emerged so I gave it a visit, in its second week of trading.

Keeping much the same look and feel as before, which is a smart play as it’s a lovely cafe space, the menu has been given a revamp. Cupcakes have been replaced by madeleines and financiers for a more Gallic feel that the new name suggests.

Roll

Roll

The breakfast roll selection has changed a little with the welcome addition of Buccleuch black pudding to go alongside bacon, sausages and eggs. I opted for a smoked bacon and black pudding roll, which the friendly counter man was soon about freshly preparing to order.

I was soon on my way, eating as I walked. The roll made very good eating. The filling was of really pleasing quality with the black pudding particularly good. The roll itself was floury, substantial and deliciously fresh.

Interior detail

Interior detail

So overall, it was a great relief to see Copper Bird’s legacy being continued and built upon by L’Echoppe. It’s early days for them, yet, but they’re starting from a very good place. I look forward to visiting again, perhaps to try one of their good looking sandwiches.

Scores
Blythe scores L’Echoppe
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: bacon and black pudding

I wore: heavy overcoat

Total bill: £2.40

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Written by BKR