February/March seems a popular time of year for cafes to open. In 2016 we had a little outcropping including Zest & Co and Strumpets, both of which happily celebrated their first anniversary and continue to thrive.
This year I had a little spate of a new cafe followers with Twitter profiles mentioning “opening soon”. Of these, the Honeycomb Tearoom on Morrison Street was one that caught my eye.
On the site previously occupied by the excellent Copper Bird then the less excellent L’Echoppe, Honeycomb has painted itself the expected yellow but kept the interior very similar to before with smart copper-topped tables and wooden furniture.
The menu is broader than ever with smoothies, milkshakes, pulled pork, panini, extensive breakfast and brunch options, and various other whatnots. Coffee is by Lavazza; tea by Pekoe.
I was visiting at breakfast time so stuck to tea – very good golden monkey – and their intriguing sounding veggie breakfast that featured homemade veggie sausage, scrambled eggs and roasted tomatoes accompanied by good granary toast.
The dish soon arrived looking neat and tidy. The scrambled eggs were a touch underseasoned and too solid for my tastes but I’m pretty sure this is how the vast majority of people like them done so they were a safe play.
The veggie sausage was two oval patties that I reckon were closer to posh bubble n squeak that sausages, but were nevertheless impressively good. I asked what they contained as I could clearly discern mint and cheese of some sort, but wondered what else was in there to round things out. The answer was carrot, halloumi, parsley, courgette, a little egg and seasoning. As I say, they were very good indeed.
So overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Honeycomb Tearoom. I fear slightly that their offering isn’t distinctly different enough from the two previous failed occupants of the premises so I think going strong on their veggie credentials might be a good tactic to give themselves a better hook. I liked what I saw and would encourage people to visit, particularly those looking for something a little different to start their day.
Blythe scores the Honeycomb Tearoom
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: homemade veggie sausage, scrambled eggs, roast tomatoes, toast
I drank: golden monkey tea
I wore: shades of pinky red
Total bill: £7.50
Address: 129 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8AJ