Fun at The Pantry…

If you’ve not been to The Pantry in Stockbridge for a while or indeed ever, you should check it out. Especially if you have a playdate to organise  – it’s only gone and got an incredible play space with toys-a-plenty.

Ah, the things that make you happy when you’re busy being mum.

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Little Miss M and I were catching up with a friend and her wee one. And, I’m not going to lie, we were all super-excited to find this new addition. It’s been well designed and thought out. The gated play area is located at the side of the main eating space. This means it gives those without babes the privacy and distance they need to enjoy their food / drinks. There’s also two tables with plenty of chairs right beside the area and enough space for two buggies.

We were coffee and caking. They have a fab selection of sweet treats at the counter so we opted for a sharey-selection of lovely macaroons and a (wow) salted caramel millionaire’s shortbread. Really flippin’ good.

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The kids had a ball in the play space and there are plenty of highchairs so, they were able to join us for post-fun refreshments.

It’s a farm shop too. And the daily menu is really appealing with things like the Breakfast Burrito and the Pulled Pork Sub. They also have ‘Toastie Tuesdays’, which basically means the kitchen has a day off and the staff serve up toasties all day.

I love toasties. And I’m lovin’ The Pantry…

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They actually run some classes too. Things like baking and pizza making classes for wee ones and cooking courses for adults. These appear to be at various locations though….

If you haven’t been lately then definitely go for food or, a coffee and cake stop. And don’t be put off by the new kid area, if you’re looking for some peace, as it’s hidden enough.

All in all, the best of both worlds.

Any more coffee catch-up / playdate recommendations?

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Cawfeee & cake stop

Patisserie Madeleine in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge is pretty special. Not only are all of their AMAZING cakes, tarts and macaroons made on site by their fabulous French chef but it’s the loveliest, wee place to rendezvous, drink freshly roasted coffee and importantly EAT CAKE. The website also says that it’s a place to ‘discover a small piece of Paris’. J’adore!

The size of the place certainly puts you in mind of Paris. It’s petite but charming, and my friend Sarah and I managed to get our prams and bubbas in too so, all was good.

J’adore le picture gallery – plan to recreate at home.

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You can help yourself to as much tap water as you like. Superb!

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Tres chic wall art.

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And, what about these cakes?!

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C’est delicieux!

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They are ALL literally to die for and quite simply, a work of art. You get in a bit of a tiz because you don’t know which one to choose and, of course, you want them all. I don’t even have much of a sweet tooth. In fact, I’m more of a savoury girl. Although, I have to admit that pregnancy definitely made me appreciate just how special some sweet treats can be….

We shared two of their finest cakes and washed them down with iced coffees, as it was rather hot that day. I’ve been all over iced coffees this year. My friend offered me one at her place in the summertime and I kind of, reluctantly agreed as I’ve never been too sure about the cold mix. Of course, it ended up being like one of the best things I’d ever tasted and now, I can’t get enough of them. They rock!

The cakes were about as special as it gets and, as for the macaroons – one in every colour please! I can’t wait to go back and introduce more of my friends to Patisserie Madeleine.

Go and see for yourself. It’s tres bon mes amis.

Have you got a favourite coffee and cake stop? I’d love to hear about it.