The Mill at St Joseph’s

It had been a good while since I’d ventured out to Balerno but on a bright but chilly Tuesday I headed west to see what was what.

I quickly alighted upon the Mill at St Joseph’s, a community cafe based in the local church hall.

I’m a great fan of places like this with the likes of the Undercroft Cafe, Arthur’s and The Well enduring favourites.

The set-up at the Mill is fairly informal with volunteers manning the kitchen and front of house. Daily changing baking specials are displayed on a trestle table and looked very tempting.

I opted for a cheese scone and a pot of tea. The scone was plated up by the charming counter woman while the tea was freshly brewed in the kitchen then delivered to my table.

The scone proved deliciously fresh and light with plenty of cheesy flavour. I enjoyed it very much. The tea was a simple breakfast blend and hit the spot.

So overall, Balerno looks to be well served by The Mill. It’s a welcoming community hub with good quality baked goods on offer. I’d be happy to return and would recommend it to you.

Blythe scores The Mill
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: cheese scone

I drank: tea

I wore: electric chinos

Total bill: £3.10

Address: St Joseph’s Balerno, 4 Main Street, Edinburgh EH14 7EH

Written by BKR