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.
The food was lovely and so were the servers. Knowledgable about gluten free and plenty of gluten free options. Also quite reasonably priced. Had two main courses and glasses of wine for £27.
Booked online for breakfast at 9.15. Thought this was probably unnecessary however surprised to find restaurant nearly full. No wonder all the food was excellent. I had eggs Benedict which was a treat.
Great food and service, booked online for a Friday and got a table no bother. Reasonable prices, not the biggest evening menu but was still torn as to what to eat!
Very enjoyable evening. Food and service great. Good choice of wine and beers. Portions huge and food very tasty and well cooked. Decor and ambience just right. Will definitely return.
The Birchwood was an excellent location for brunch. The food was great and the portions were generous. The only slight drawback was that getting coffee and a glass of wine took much longer than it should have - our food got to us before our beverages. Would definitely recommend and will go back!
The restaurant was comfortable and bright. Could have been a little warmer. Staff were very pleasant and friendly. The food had potential, however the plates it was served on were freezing cold and as a result the scallops I had for starter although seared well, were luke warm. I had duck to follow which was tender and tasted okay, but there was no hint of pink left which in my opinion is no way to serve duck. The sticky toffee pudding I had to follow tasted quite nice but was very dry and not sticky or much like a sticky toffee pudding. We left feeling neither one way or the other about this place, so I doubt I will be returning anytime soon.
Lovely dinner and not too expensive. Lamb cooked beautifully. Also duck egg - runny as meant to be! Sticky toffee pudding yummy.Excellent, friendly service. Pleasant, airy atmosphere in freshly decorated and candlelit room. Our party of 5 all thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Good wine too! Would definitely revisit.
Great neighbourhood bistro. Decor is a little stark but don't let that put you off. Food very well priced and wine too. Great Goat's Cheese starter and superb burger. Only wee comment t the chef is - no need for salad with everything!
Only 1 portion of scallops left @ 7pm and they were Luke warm when served. Lamb was good nicely cooked but not enough of it. The restaurant was no different to being in the daytime cafe. Tables were not set with glasses cutlery etc. There was an old microwave in the corner and bread crates piled up crates of veg piled up on the fridge - doesn't look good
Great fresh food, Really nicely presented. We all had the open sandwiches which were on delicious bread. Yummy freshly made cakes for a treat after. Really good service too. highly recommend!