Gorgie is perhaps best known at the moment for its football team, Heart of Midlothian, but is slowly welcoming people from all over town to Gorgie’s finest patisserie – Jacob. Locals are well aware of this hidden gem, but I am happy to make the 4.1 mile journey from my home to experience the food here.
Open since December 2009 – Jacob’s is my current favourite bakery in town due to its quality and extremely reasonable prices. The shop is compact, but manages to produce the most amazing of both savoury and sweet treats.
I could swear I heard the window display calling my name as its offerings lured me inside again last week. This is truly a wonderful place where patisserie magic is made in front of your eyes – as a man I presume to be Jacob bakes at the rear of the shop.
Selling excellent sourdough bread and loaves (with quality equal to any other I’ve tasted in Edinburgh) and other savoury options such as quiches, small pizzas and sandwiches – you can buy a whole meal here to takeaway. Jacob’s is in a different league to the nearby Greggs and Baguette Express- in fact a completely different world away.
This review covers my most recent visit with my mum as we made the trip especially to Gorgie to stock up on goodies. There were samples of the sourdough bread on offer which was not long out of the oven. The small buttered piece was enough to confirm to my mum that she needed to purchase a loaf immediately (£1.30). We hummed and hawed over the choice of quiches and opted for 2 mushroom and 1 brocolli (£1.60 each) as well as one of their small pizzas, £1.30 which is perfect for lunch and is generously topped with vegetables.
Other savoury options included a chicken curry pie, beef pasties and an interesting pork and black pudding topped pie. One of the sandwiches on offer was chilli chicken with garlic but these regularly change.
The staff member chatted away and never rushed us in our choices. She explained how long the quiche would keep in the fridge, but obviously didn’t realise it is impossible to hold off eating anything purchased from here for more than an hour.
The sweet options included apple tart, baked lime and lemon cheescake, almond croissaints and fruit tarts. I chose a slice of the double belgian chocolate cake, £1.80 and an apple custard pastry at only 65p. Jacobs also do biscuits and I fell for the eye level display of cute vanilla biscuits in a bag at 85p. If there is the option of banana and toffee cake when you visit, then snap it up quickly as it is to die for, as is the mango cheesecake – in fact, everything sweet on offer is extremely satisfying.
The cost of this patisserie haul was £10.25 which is outstandingly good value for 3 quiches, a pizza, a loaf of bread, 2 pieces of cake and a pack of biscuits!
We split our goods and headed our separate ways but conferred that everything we bought was faultless. The chocolate cake was perhaps the best I have tasted this year.
Full marks to Patisserie Jacob which comes highly recommended from us. Just make sure you leave me some goods on the shelves for my next visit!
Suitable for disabled? Yes, ground floor even access.