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5.2 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews

The Birchwood

Marchmont Café £££ +100
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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 Hours

  • Monday 09:00 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
The Birchwood, 146-148 Marchmont Road, EH9 1AQ Edinburgh

CHEF'S CHOICE

35 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 35 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
20.08.2017 09:01

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.

1 review so far 6
01.08.2017 09:14

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.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 09:14

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!

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 14:30

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.

1 review so far 5
14.10.2016 17:55

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!

1 review so far 3
24.04.2016 08:54

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.

1 review so far 5
03.08.2016 10:06

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.

1 review so far 5
21.04.2017 04:54

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!

1 review so far 3
13.08.2016 08:50

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

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 18:14

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!

1 review so far 5
19.04.2016 08:07

Good rustic/peasant food - mean that in a good way! A hearty chicken stew and fish stew thought it was the rhubarb creme brûlée that was the start of the meal. Excellent value and good service.

2 reviews so far 6
02.06.2017 08:51

Amazing food, lovely custermer service. The Scottish Breakfast with sausages, eggs and black pudding was really great, as were the smoothies and coffees. Also had a lovely fresh mint tea.

1 review so far 6
02.02.2017 09:07

I've been several times and the food is always excellent. Plenty of nice things to choose on the menu. It's quite a small place so can get crowded at lunchtime.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2016 00:38

Lovely cafe with a mouth-watering menu. The halloumi salad and banana caramel pancakes were beyond delicious! But was so hard to choose as everything sounded spectacular. Service was very good.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 17:24

A very good evening. Service friendly and efficient, menu ( food and wine) was very acceptable and the product was well-presented. Price was very reasonable and good value.

2 reviews so far 5
04.10.2016 12:47

Lovely chilled atmosphere, good service and nice food. Enjoyed our meal here and would recommend. Returned on Sunday afternoon for coffee and cake but was disappointed by the lack of nut free options.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:28

Great food, really tasty and well made. I can recommend the scallop starters. Good service and atmosphere too. We will definitely be going back again soon! 10/10

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 17:03

Great service, great food, great ambience. My Italian visitors demand to return next trip! We enjoyed 3 varied dishes, all equally good. Great attention to customer service

1 review so far 6
24.05.2016 11:26

Excellent Food and service. Ambience not perfect. They need to sort out the rather harsh lighting. Once that is done it will be full all the time.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2016 08:25

Friendly staff, service time normal and excellent delicious food. Atmosphere very pleasant for a weekday evening for two. Must book in advance as seems very popular.