Leo's Beanery

Price guide: Mid-range

23a Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF

Price guide: Mid-range

Leo's Beanery

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#37 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.1
4.1
Location:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Singles, Relaxation

Expert review of Leo's Beanery

Delicious home made food from the heart.

Opened in February 2010, this place has hit the ground running. Due to demand for their lovely home-made cakes, locally-sourced ingredients, great breakfasts and light lunches they are already talking about expanding their 28 covers into the back area of the premises. I like the mis-matched bone China plates and saucers, they give something of a family feeling.

Owners Joe and Marie have hit the right niche in the right place. Friendly, enthusiastic and talented in the kitchen, they make Leo's well worth the effort to get off the beaten track to try.

In October 2010 they extended into the back room area giving another 16 seats, which at busy times  has had an effect on the speed of service. They maybe in danger out outgrowing their premises sooner rather than later.

Food and drink: 

Breakfasts are great and served until 12.30pm; they include porridge with agave nectar, berries and banana for £3.50. The French kids breakfast is fun - a big hot chocolate and some baguette for dunking at £3.50. On the blackboard for lunch are pate, salads, specials and a selection of cold meat and Ian Mellis cheeses served on either a medium or large size slate. The day I was in a Bowers meat home-made burger with caramelised onions was £6.95.

Recommended dishes: 

The aforementioned meat and cheese selection served on a slate looks and tastes great. The menu changes all the time though so go with the flow.

Ambience: 

The furniture was made by Joe the proprietor who, when he saw how expensive the furniture they liked was, piped up "I could make that". Dubiously, his wife Marie let him go ahead with great results. Old pews from the salvage yard were stripped back, cut and made into these sturdy but characterful tables. The farmhouse kitchen-style chairs are original too, though not whittled by Joe, and are very comfy. The love with which it has been put together is evident and gives this place a warm atmosphere.

Service: 

Proprietors Marie and Joe Denby are charming and on-hand to deliver their own home-made delicious goodies with a smile. You will also meet their relatives whose images from the early 20th century have been used as a backdrop for the menus. In fact the Leo of Leo's Beanery is Joe's late grandfather.

Location: 

Just below street level in Howe Street, one of the main roads leading from Stockbridge to the centre of town.

Price advice: 

A fabulous cooked breakfast is £7.25, lunch from £6.50.

Bacon sandwich & coffee

Tables to book: 

Table one sitting in the window, though this one gets very hot when the sun shines (in which case sit outside at one of the al fresco tables and enjoy the UV directly).

More information on Leo's Beanery:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Modern, Snacks
Address:
23a Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF
Telephone:
0131 556 8403
Website:
http://www.leosbeanery.co.uk
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm; Sat and Sun 9am-5pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Homemade, ethically sourced, local produce

Have you been to Leo's Beanery? Would you recommended it?