My travels took me to the little seaside haven of Port Seton on a crisply sunny Tuesday. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from the place but I was pleased to find quite a few options for what I might shovel faceward.
I settled upon a compact little cafe called The Howff on the main drag. It proved a very good choice.
Firstly, I’d timed it very nicely so that I was greeted by fresh pies and quiches being taken out of the oven. This gave the place a marvellous aroma.
What’s more the options included a chicken curry pie which sounded splendid so I ordered that. I added a ham and cheese quiche for good measure. Despite the wonderfully friendly owner’s attempts to charge me less – too much change came back which I promptly returned – the total cost was a very reasonable £3.
I was given a friendly warning that there was still plenty of heat in the pie so I started with the quiche.
The pastry was lightly crisp in the scotch pie style and the filling was simple but satisfying with good chunky ham pieces. I liked it.
The curry pie could have used a little more seasoning, but it packed warmly spiced chicken chunks in an aromatic sauce. It was an enjoyable eat.
So overall, The Howff was a very pleasant surprise. It exuded quality and charm. I’d be happy to visit again and would recommend it to you. Next time I’ll give their steak pie a try and hope to time my arrival as well as I did today.
Blythe scores The Howff
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: chicken curry pie, ham n cheese quiche
I wore: sun hat
Total bill: £3
Address: 16 Links Road, Port Seton, Prestonpans EH32 0DU