Exterior

Exterior

I was sad when the folks at Pep & Fodder told me that a little group of them were off to take on the management of a new cafe, Grounds, but excited for them in their new opportunity. Pep & Fodder continues along their well-established lines, so I expect their fine standards to be maintained, and I was optimistic that Grounds would hit the ground running (if you pardon the pun), so gave it a visit in its first week of business.

An amusing sign outside proclaims “just what Stockbridge needs – another coffee shop” so they are approaching things with characteristic self-deprecating humour. To begin with, they’ll be using Glasgow’s Dear Green coffee with which all the staff members are all familiar, but I’d expect to see some guest blends appearing in due course, including from local favourite Mr Eion. Their espresso was just where it should have been on today’s check.

The compact cafe premises have a welcoming feel to them. There’s a good array of local artwork (for sale) around the walls ensuring the place feels quite homely from the outset.

Soup and sandwich

Soup and sandwich

From their lunch menu I opted for their soup and sandwich deal for £5.95. Soup of the day was porcini mushroom which sounded rather good. I added a chicken and avocado baguette.

The mushroom soup had excellent depth of flavour and a light texture making it a satisfying lunchtime eat. The baguette was delivered to a similarly impressive standard with lovely ripe avocado and profuse chunks of chicken. It was very good stuff.

Interior

Interior

So overall, Grounds is starting life from a really accomplished position. The cafe feels settled and running smoothly which was impressive work for their first week. Make sure to visit soon as I’m confident you’ll be charmed by the place.

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

I ate: porcini mushroom soup; chicken and avocado baguette

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: hot pink shirt

Total bill: £7.75

22 Deanhaugh Street, Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/groundsofstockbridge

Written by BKR