REVIEW – Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, Southbridge

18 South Bridge

Coffee with a cause

We’ve been using Captain Taylor’s Coffee House since it opened in August last year.  This wonderful haven provided us with numerous pick-me-up-drinks and snacks throughout the Fringe madness.

Today sees Captain Taylor’s relaunch to make people more aware that it’s run by Streetwork – a charity that helps the homeless (and those about to become homeless).  We popped back in this afternoon and learned that they will soon be opening a downstairs section of the premises to encourage people to come in and make more use of their free wi-fi and escape from the noise of the Bridges.

The menu here is very simple, but works perfectly.  The tea offered is very reasonable at £1.30 (Teapigs) and coffee is the Edinburgh favourite Artisan Roast (from £1.70).  A small selection of filled baguettes can be eaten cold or toasted, accompanied by one of their cakey offerings.  A generous slab of carrot cake and chocolate brownie were demolished today in an instant (£1.20).

The interior of this place is funky and unusual.  There’s a large cow leftover from the Edinburgh Cow Parade in 2006 and half a mini-truck (called Chuck the truck) that doubles up as somewhere to have your drink! 

Chuck the truck

The mini-Spotlight members particularly enjoy sitting in here as it also has a steering wheel which can keep young ones amused for quite a while!  There’s also a small children’s play area making this a perfect meeting spot for parents and their kids.

Teapigs tea and Artisan Roast coffee

The staff here are particularly delightful and always happy to chat as they work. 

There are leaflets inside explaining ‘coffee with a cause’ and the fact that all the profits from the business go back into helping the homeless. 

Next time you’re in the area why not try out this independent friendly cafe and help the honourable cause.

Opening hours:

9am – 5pm (ish!) every day.

Suitable for disabled?  Yes, ground level access with limited seating. The bathrooms on same floor, but new level will not be accessible as there are only stairs.

Cool signs

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