July 17, 2018 Breakfast, Leith No Comments

Thirsty Pallet

I was sad but not surprised to see Filos close its doors after a fairly brief tenure on Elm Row. I liked their stuff but they just didn’t seem to get enough customers through the door.


Taking over the premises comes Thirsty Pallet. Ploughing a fairly similar furrow, I popped in for breakfast after they’d been trading for about one month.

With a deli counter of good quality cured meats, the place looks to be offering sandwiches in a similar vein to nearby Valvona & Crolla but at a rather more reasonable pricetag. We’ll need to see how well this tactic pays off.

The interior is the inspiration for the name with much of the furniture made from pallets. This won’t be to everyone’s taste but I thought it was rather smart.


At breakfast they offer a range of breakfast rolls with a single filling for £1.50 and a doubler for £2. I ordered a bacon and black pudding doubler as is often my way.

This was freshly prepared as I chatted to the friendly counter woman owner. With item in hand I bid them a cheery farewell then wandered on, munching as I strolled.

The floury bap was generously filled with good, crisp bacon and chunky black pudding. It was really good stuff and up there with the better breakfast rolls I’ve had in the city.

So overall, I was glad to discover Thirsty Pallet as it’s doing good work and is handily placed for satisfying the needs of folks walking from Leith to town in need of a breakfast or lunch bite. I’d be happy to visit again and would urge you to do likewise.

Blythe scores Thirsty Pallet
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20

I ate: bacon and black pudding roll

I wore: orange trousers

Total bill: £2

Address: 15 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AA

Written by BKR