Last week, the sun shone, and my mum came up for a day. It was rather nice having a 4 day week, and complete fluke that the weather was beautiful. This negated A Drive. The intial plan had been to head south of the city, in search of a nice country pub with a beer garden and lunch menu. Sadly, there's not as many of these around as mum had hoped - she's clearly used to the Dales and Lakes - and the nearest we found was a Brewers Fayre. We carried on, looping back round towards town, and ended up in Portobello.
There's a pub down on the front which I'm a fan of - The Espy - but it was too busy and too dark for us on such a glorious day, and we decided to chance it at the cafe next door. It's not one I've been in before. I can't honestly say I've ever really noticed it. I did, however, fall in love with the interior.
Both mum and I were impressed by the menu, too. Healthy, tasty food - lots of options for vegetarians - and a cute little kids section. There's a nice statement in the back of the menu about chicken and eggs being free range, and as many ingredients as possible being locally sourced (you can read more about this on their website). It ticked lots of boxes for us.
A lovely drinks selection too - lots of tasty soft drinks - not just your usual coke. Including my favourite Belvoir pink lemonade.
This cafe has so much potential - the view was stunning, the staff friendly, and the food good quality albeit expensive - but the length of time we waited spoiled the experience. The staff (I think there was 4), were run off their feet, and it was well past the main lunch rush by the time we arrived. This was partly due to the enormous queue they had for icecreams and takeaway, which we had to join to pay for our lunch, but it put us off staying for cake and tea afterwards (the cakes did look lovely, although FoodieMum has a 'thing' about cakes being out and uncovered, which is a fair criticism).
I'd go back, but I wouldn't rush back.
Lunch and soft drinks for two: £22
The Beach House
On the corner of Bath Street and Portobello Promenade