Quay Commons

I’d visited Quay Commons for coffee last year when they’d just taken on the premises on Commercial Quay and were working out their offering.


After closing to completely rework the space, particularly the kitchen, they re-opened in earnest a few weeks back. I’d popped in again a couple of times and made a note to come back for a review visit.

From the team behind Gardener’s Cottage, Quay Commons is a cafe, open all day with a strong coffee offering from Williams & Johnson. It is licensed – with well thought out beer and wine options – and has a developing hot food menu.


They offer various breakfast options, then for lunch a selection of hot sandwiches and buns are to the fore. There are sweet treats, too. I sampled a damn good brownie on a previous visit.

The interior is splendid; pared-back and quite elegant. It has a similar feel to Twelve Triangles Kitchen Table although it’s fair to say that both draw their origins and inspiration from St John’s Bread & Wine in Shoreditch.


Service is taking a little time to bed in. I’ve visited when more assured hands were at the tiller, but today there were rather a lot of people – both front of house and those in the open kitchen – marching around in fairly confusing ways. It felt a little chaotic.

I took advice on which of the sandwiches to order. The roast lamb was recommended so I was happy to go with that. I added their soup of the day which was potato.


Both dishes arrived together looking pretty good. The soup was simplicity itself. It was lightly creamy and deeply satisfying.

The sandwich came with an excellent salad of beetroot and roast carrot. It was delicious. The sandwich was first rate, too, with the crisped lamb fat outstanding. The sourdough was excellent, also.

So overall, Quay Commons still has a little bedding in to do but is a really impressive new addition to our cafe options. These Commercial Quay sites have been tricky to get right so it will be interesting to see if this builds an audience. Early indications are good and it’s a place very much worthy of your attention, so visit soon and visit often.

Blythe scores Quay Commons
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: potato soup, roast lamb on sourdough

I drank: espresso, water, Pilot

I wore: ox blood trousers

Total bill: £17

Address: 92 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6LX

Written by BKR