About The Birchwood

Nestled within picturesque Marchmont, The Birchwood is an equally as picturesque cafe, decorated with rustic wooden benches, pretty pastel colours and vintage-style tableware, serving up brunch, dinner and speciality coffee. Pop in for brunch and you could feast on some eggs benedict, some homemade pancakes or the Beauty School Dropout (cinnamon french toast with poached apples, toffee sauce, toasted nuts and creme fraiche). Or, head on over in the evening and indulge in some pan-roasted duck breast with sweet potato rosti, pakchoi, orange & star anise jus, or some country-style coq au vin with potato fondant and seasonal greens. With its close proximity to Edinburgh University, The Birchwood is a favourite among the city’s student population as well as locals with its charming decor, hearty international cuisine and home baked cakes. You’ll find it on Marchmont Road – booking in advance is recommended.

Opening Times

Closed now
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm


The Birchwood
146-148 Marchmont Road, Marchmont
Edinburgh EH9 1AQ

Menu Highlights



Goats Cheese & Beetroot Mousse Tart

With pickled radish.

Hot Smoked Salmon Fishcake

With bearnaise sauce & pea shoots.

Seared King Scallops

With Stornoway black pudding & celeriac puree.

42 The Birchwood Reviews

42 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Good value
Reese P.2 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food and service, literally no complaints. The chai latte and cappuccino are some of the best we had. Definitely the best full Scottish breakfast we've had in Edinburgh, will be visiting again soon.

Suzie M.4 months ago · 2 reviews

Very nice and welcoming atmosphere, service was good, excellent value for money - will definitely be returning and recommending that others pay The Birchwood a visit

Bridget M.4 months ago · 1 review

The food was delicious and a great deal. The service was fast. The server was friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was pleasant and cozy. An outstanding dinner! Even if you don’t live in the neighborhood, it’s worth the trek. And for their yummy brunches, worth the wait...