I wrote about Strumpets shortly after it opened and was very pleased with their coffee, awarding them five stars.



At the time their food offering was solely sweet, so I figured my reviewing work here was done, but over recent months they’ve added quiches and salads, then for winter they’re serving daily changing soups. This all meant it was time for a revisit.

It’s safe to say that there have been frequent visits in between. I’m a regular face about the place, and owners Hayley, Ingrida and Jessica have become regular guest questers, and devoted Scran Salon attendees.

Soup and oatcakes

Soup and oatcakes

Their coffee offering has developed since first opening, with a bespoke dark roast blend developed with Mr Eion to complement their brighter Artisan Roast Janszoon. They’ve even enlisted the help of a coffee ace from previous Edinburgh cafes, David Freeman, to lend his advice and guidance.

I’ve written about their impressively good quiche in various listicles so today’s focus was their soup. The choice of the day was lentil. It came with a couple of accompanying oatcakes.

The soup was very good indeed, but it was the oatcakes that really elevated things. Much in the same way as the parmesan biscuits that come with the quiche are compellingly delicious, these rough and beautifully crumbly oatcakes were sensational. I was a happy chappy.

So overall, Strumpets continues to build on its impressive reputation with further high quality dishes on the menu. I look forward to tracking their continued progress over regular visits in the coming weeks and months. I suggest you do the same.

Blythe scores Strumpets
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: lentil soup, oatcakes

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: pinstripes

Total bill: £5.50

Address: 35 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7LW

Written by BKR