I’d popped in to The Wall just about the time it opened and been impressed with the look of the place. I made a note to visit again to try their food having decided I had no appetite to pay £2.75 for another one of their terrible double espressos.
To focus on the positives, they’ve made a great job of turning the Cockburn Street premises into a really smart cafe setting with exposed stone and brick.
In less good news, their menu didn’t really offer any breakfast food options, so I had to make the best of what was on offer from their baguette and toastie selection. I settled upon a cheese and tomato toastie.
I took a seat at one of their tractor seat bar stools and didn’t have long to wait before it arrived.
On a wooden tray that would have given We Want Plates a conniption, it came accompanied by perfunctory salad leaves.
The toastie was pretty characterless. It was of the squished panini variety so the bread was crunchy cardboard. The filling was fine but underwhelming.
So overall, while the folks at The Wall are friendly and enthusiastic, they need a bit of a rethink about their cafe as options are weak and prices are tourist-trap high. I can’t see the place being successful without considerable redevelopment of their core offering. Until that takes place, I couldn’t recommend a visit.
I ate: cheese and tomato toastie
I drank: water
I wore: grey
Total bill: £4.45
Address: 45 Cockburn Street, EH1 1BS