April 18, 2016 Abbeyhill, Coffee shop 2 Comments

Century General Store Abbeyhill

Century General Store in Marchmont was one of the unexpected highlights of 2015. I was absolutely delighted by its simple charms, great coffee and excellent baked goods.

Exterior sign

Exterior sign

This made for extremely good news when I heard they were opening a second branch within Olympic projectile spitting distance of my office. I was practically their first customer on opening day.

Since then I’ve visited a few times and have started using the smart space, previously occupied by Just the Ticket, for the occasional meeting.

Focaccia

Focaccia

During those visits I’ve sampled excellent coffee from a range of roasters. On today’s visit I had a bangin’ Costa Rican from Obadiah. On previous trips it has been outstanding stuff from Williams & Johnson, as well as a really strong core offering from Assembly. The coffee is certainly in safe hands with manager Niall a real Edinburgh coffee worthy.

They have quite the interesting little collborative of food and drink purveyors on the premises with Milk Money Drinks upstairs and catering company Kitchen East using their kitchen space.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

Bostock provide their croissants and pastries, and Archipelago provide their sweet and savoury bakes. I tried two baked treats – a spanakopita bun and a roasted vegetable-topped focaccia – today.

Both were hugely impressive with the spanakopita packed with intricate layers of crisp pastry and the focaccia just delightful.

So overall, it was great to see Century General Store hit the ground running in their new Abbeyhill location. Their offering will develop further over time with monthly brunches at weekends and soup soon to appear on the menu, hallelujah. I’d strongly recommend frequent eating and drinking visits.

Scores
Blythe scores Century General Store Abbeyhill
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: spanakopita, focaccia

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: brown trousers

Total bill: £8

Address: 1-7 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AN

Written by BKR