Tea & Sympathy

I’d been given a tip that there was a new cafe on Ashley Terrace that I should check out so on a bright Saturday I walked along the canal to Harrison Park to check it out.


Called Tea & Sympathy, it’s part cafe, part gift shop. It’s a smart little space with some outside seating for intrepid types.

Cakes are by Suki Bakes so I had no need to verify that they were excellent because they always are.

I ordered an espresso and took a seat at their only free table. The coffee was OK and one of the better made Matthew Algie espressos I’ve had, but it’s not a coffee I relish.


They had no avocado left for their avocado BLT bagel so swapped in cream cheese.

The bagel, from the Bearded Baker, was pretty good and the filling quite hearty. However, I’m not sure the characteristically chewy texture of the bagel quite worked with the slightly leathery bacon.

So overall, Tea & Sympathy is a good new cafe that is likely to flourish in a neighbourhood that I suspect was in desperate need of a place like this. I think there’s some room for them to improve on what is a solidly decent offering, though. Give the place a visit next time you’re in the environs.

Blythe scores Tea & Sympathy
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20

I ate: bacon, cream cheese and tomato bagel

I drank: espresso, water

I wore: cream linen

Total bill: £6.95

Address: 1E Ashley Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 1RF

Written by BKR