Cuckoo's Bakery

Price guide: Budget

150 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, MidLothian, EH3 5DQ

Price guide: Budget

Cuckoo's bakery

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#18 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.7
4.7
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
5
5.0
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Chilling out, Relaxation, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Cuckoo's Bakery

You would be cuckoo not to try this!

Graham moved from London to realise his long term ambition of opening his own bijou and delightful coffee/tea shop & cupcake emporium. The second you step in to Cuckoo's you sense everything has been well thought out from the design elements of a subtle yet stylish theme of Cuckoo's to the hand made and designed bone china crockery which depict quirky images of the city.

In fact the crockery has created such a buzz that Graham is now stocking it to sell. The perfect, non cheesy souvenir of your stay in Edinburgh.

The food is fresh, homemade and delicious.

Food and drink: 

All homemade on the premises except the bread which is made by a local artisan baker. Cuckoo's Cupcakes are monumental. If you can get past these (unlike myself) then your are spoilt for choice. The menu changes daily and offers up local, Scottish produce be it soups, sandwiches,bagels, tarts. Top choice for a light lunch. 

Recommended dishes: 

The menu changes daily except....the cupcakes! They are huge my particular favourite is the white chocolate & raspberry which in addition to the aesthetic beauty of it has a pocket of fresh raspbery jam hidden in the middle.  Bliss!

Everything except the bread is made on the premises.  A bowl of soup and a sandwich offer a substantial and reasonable priced meal with the freshest of ingredients.

Ambience: 

Clean lines, with a few well placed cuckoo related design elements. Light jazz tinkles in the background and Cupcakes are displayed rather cleverly in an old lingerie display unit.

Chairs and tables wooden and perfectly comfortable though perhaps not somewhere you  would linger for hours. But you need to go and work off that cupcake so that's not a probem is it?

Service: 

Personal, charming, smiley & efficient. A small establishment with a big heart.

Location: 

At the foot of Dundas Street. Moments walk from the long line of Art Galleries the area is famous for. The best option by far in this part of town. Just walk on down and you will find it the perfect place to stop off enroute to The Royal Botanical Gardens or shops of Stockbridge or Broughton.

Price advice: 

Cupcakes from £1.80 to takeaway or £2 to sit in.

They deliver too for  £4.50 so you could aye order some cakes from your hotel if you are feeling decadent.

Huge choice of teas to keep all tea afficianado's happy.

Sandwiches from £5 plus extra £1.50 if you throw in a bowl of soup.

Soup & a wedge of bread ( and hey men a wedge!)  £3.75

Other useful branches: 

Opened February 2011 so not quite yet!

More information on Cuckoo's Bakery:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Fusion, Snacks
Address:
150 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, MidLothian, EH3 5DQ
Telephone:
0131 556 6244
Website:
http://www.cuckoosbakery.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Shut Monday. Tues-Sat10am - 6pm Sunday 11am - 5pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Cupcakes

Have you been to Cuckoo's Bakery? Would you recommended it?