The Manna House

This restaurant has ceased trading.

The Manna House
22–24 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RG
  • Telephone 0131 652 2349
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 9am–5pm.
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The Manna House

Home-baking meets French patisserie in this deservedly popular bakery – you'll be spoiled for choice.

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A small bakery and patisserie with a big local reputation, the Manna House has all but sewn up the café market on Easter Road for some years now. Part of the reason for its success is that it simply works harder, with an on-site bakery night shift creating a wide range of bread sold by the loaf or used in the stack of artisan sandwiches, as well as – most enticingly – an beautifully well-stocked cake counter lined with traybakes, pies, madeleines and tarts. There is also a wide array of satisfying salads packed with grains, pastas and roast vegetables and a daily soup. Their simple but good quality breakfasts also come recommended, from filled rolls and croissants to scrambled egg on toast and toasted banana bread.

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David Pollock visited The Manna House
  • High point: Great for home-baked bread and cakes
  • Low point: Limited seating and no toilets
  • Notable dish: Bruschetta with smoked salmon and tomato
  • Average price: £8 (lunch)
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Known for its bread (made using Scottish ingredients where possible and without flour improvers, preservatives or other undesirables), the Manna House is a local bakery found at the top of Easter Road. Everything is made fresh on the premises – from savoury and sweet pastries to cakes, and soups, salads, tarts and 20 types of daily bread. Many use it as a neighbourhood shop, but after a recent expansion and the inclusion of a café it's now easier to have your cake to take home and eat it in house too.

Yummy' doesn't begin to do justice to the amazing food on offer at this beloved little bakery/café. Nestled among the less auspicious takeaways and boozers of Easter Road is a haven of culinary perfection. Owned by Martin Wilson, Andrew Massey and Claire Coussmaker, it is a relatively new takeaway bakery/café that has gone from strength to award-winning strength. It really is worth trying to snag one of the two tables for a sit-down experience of the sweet and savoury goodies on offer. The dazzling array of confectionery that looks far too pretty to dismember with a fork includes individual cheesecakes with perfect texture, subtle flavour and little hats of jewel-like fruit. For chocolate lovers, slices of pleasure-laden cakes satisfy even the strongest cravings. Add to that the perfectly indulgent main meal items - lashings of items en croute, in pies, on bread - and you can't go wrong. Or go hungry. There's also the handy pick'n'mix fillings bar that makes catering to food intolerances really easy. Plus, it's all created without the aid of additives, shelf life improvers or flavour enhancers. And they have beautiful floral displays. And the prices are great. And … you get the point.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 17 (+4 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2005

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