Red Kite

There’s the odd place that I end up not reviewing despite repeated visits. In the majority of cases this is somewhere I don’t like and can’t put why into words, but occasionally it’s a place I really like but a review just doesn’t quite emerge. The Red Kite in Abbeyhill falls in to the latter camp.


It’s pretty near my office – and my abode for that matter – so I quite regularly use it for informal meetings and catch-ups.

The interior is quite beautiful. It’s a spacious and relaxed room with a mix of bench, shelf and comfier seating. It’s one of the smartest cafe spaces in Edinburgh.

Bacon roll

I was visiting at the start of the day so my eyes were on espresso and a breakfast roll.

Their coffee is from Artisan Roast and is delivered to a consistently high standard.

The pricing of their breakfast rolls was some of the steepest I’ve seen in the city. £6 for a three-item roll? No thanks.


At £3 their bacon roll is what I chose. I munched on the go.

It proved a good quality item with the sesame brioche bun of very pleasing quality.

So overall, Red Kite is doing very good work from beautiful premises. Some minor pricing issues aside, it’s a place I really like and would recommend to you.

Blythe scores Red Kite
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: bacon roll

I drank: espresso

I wore: blue suit

Total bill: £5

Address: 7-8 Cadzow Place, Edinburgh EH7 5SN

Written by BKR