So, this is one for all you Edinburgh-ers out there!
We all know the one thing Edinburgh is not short of is coffee shops, so how is this one any different? Well, let me tell you all about it…
Last week, Monday 23rd January, Roundsquare Coffee House opened up on Morningside Road.
Morningside is a great wee part of Edinburgh that is full of cool little spots and nice bars. It was never a place I found myself in, until I ended up passing through every single day to get to and from work. It wasn’t until after christmas when I started noticing work going on as I passed on my morning bus. It took a few takes to recognise the signs going up outside, but I soon realised it was Roundsquare Coffee that was going on. Roundsquare Roastery just happens to be in my lovely wee hometown of Ayr, and will be the coffee suppliers for my mum’s new restaurant. So, straight to Facebook I went to find out the opening date of their first coffee house in Edinburgh.
It just so happened that their opening day was on one of my work from home days, so I grabbed my laptop and headed straight up to check it out. Along with the wonderful fresh paint smell, I was greeted by three very smiley faces as I walked in the front door. It’s not often you get such a warm welcome walking into a coffee shop these days. The interior is fresh and bright with a wonderful Scandinavian feel to it with sleek wooden tables and chairs. The decor is very simple, but still feels cosy and welcoming. There is seating across all the windows for those that enjoy people watching with their coffee, while the main floor area has great big wooden tables in the middle. There isn’t a huge amount of seating, but it feels right for the space.
Now, I must admit, I actually don’t like coffee!!! I know, how could I go to a coffee house and not drink the coffee? In my defence, I just had to go support them cause they are from my hometown and are a great Scottish company. After explaining my distaste for coffee, I was offered a wide range of teas. After humming and hawing at all the options, I ended up going for “Malibu Dream”. (though I have been a few times now and have tried some others!) It also didn’t take too much tempting to go for a raspberry and almond chocolate brownie too. The tea is served in beautiful iron tea pots, on a wooden board with a tea cup and an egg timer for the perfect brewing time (so frigging cute!!).
I managed to get some work done on my first visit, but did spend a lot of time chatting to them team about all our mutual friends back in Ayr and their first project at Su Casa, where they held some awesome music nights. It seems to be rare to find a good place to just chill, maybe do some work or read a book with a good cuppa, but I think I might have found my favourite place. Maybe I am biased because they are Ayrshire folk too, but Roundsquare really is a great wee coffee house. It’s in a great location and you couldn’t find nicer staff if you tried. It is a place where you will always be greeted with a big smile and will be well looked after. I have heard the coffee is fantastic if thats what you like. They also have a great choice of loose leaf teas, and hot chocolate too! They have a selection of cakes and focaccia’s. The first few weeks are being used as a soft opening, so they will start to grow the selection of food as they figure out their customers and what they want, but so far, so good.
If you are in Edinburgh or are planning a trip, make sure you head up to Morningside Road for a cuppa at Roundsquare. It is great value for money and you will get that warm fuzzy feeling from supporting a local Scottish business.
So, if I am not at work or sleeping, you will probably find me here writing or reading with a pot of tea in front of me. Why not come join me?
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