REVIEW – Fredericks Coffee House, Frederick Street


New place in Edinburgh

Excellent new cafe has opened in Frederick Street.

Fredericks Coffee House is extremely new to the Edinburgh cafe scene and is a wonderful haven in which to refuel.

Located at on the first floor at 30 Frederick Street, it’s a great place to escape a shopping expedition from  nearby Princes and George Streets. There is ample light that flows in through the huge windows by the tables over looking Frederick Street, but you can also relax on one of the comfy seats or leather couch.

The owner, Alana Nouri has decorated this place beautifully but has also got the menu spot on.

Now open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-6pm Sunday, Fredericks is so much more than a coffee house, it serves wonderful meals starting with breakfast options such as scrambled eggs and toasted bagels with cream cheese.  Alana  has used the best coffee in Edinburgh – Artisan Roast and knows how to serve it.  A range of teas and soft drinks is also available.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am when the menu then concentrates on lunch with choices of toasted paninis and pittas, freshly prepared salads and platters of  breads, olives and dips to share.

Interior of Fredericks

You can also tuck into a bowl of home-made soup to warm yourself up, or just relax in the afternoon with coffee and cake (muffins and cupcakes available).

I had the  warm chicken and bacon potato salad (£5.85) earlier this week and it hit the mark with both quantity and quality.  There is a simple dessert menu, which is next on my hit list with carrot cake and banoffee pie in the offering.

I love that there’s a great selection of teas such as Dikom Assam Second Flush and White Peony to choose from and the usual herbal infusions such as camomile and peppermint also make an appearance.  Pots of tea (2 cups) are from £1.60 which make it good value for the city centre location.

Service is very friendly and of an acceptable level, but I think the owner has been overwhelmed how busy she has been in her first few days, so once the staffing levels are perfected, it will be a smoother experience.

I returned today to find the place almost full (25 or so seats) and tucked into a bowl of granola, honey and greek yoghurt for breakfast.  Options like these make a refreshing change from the usual greasy rolls offered in cafes for when you want to be healthy.  I’ve now eaten there twice in less than a week to enable this review, but will be going for the trilogy set this weekend – it’s that good.   I predict this place is going to become very popular, so head over there soon!

Fredericks appears in our Edinburgh Cake Trail.

Granola and honey

Suitable for disabled? Unfortunately not as it’s on the first floor with no lifts.  Also not ideal for parents with buggies, but if you make it up the stairs, there is ample room to move around in.

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