Loopy Lorna's

Price guide: Mid-range

Churchill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR

Price guide: Mid-range

The New Lppy Lorna's At Churchill Theatre

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#25 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Foodies, Mature travellers, Singles, No fuss, People watching, Relaxation

Expert review of Loopy Lorna's

Award winning tea-shop's new branch with big squishy cakes and free jazz on Sunday afternoons.

Gaynor is passionate about her subject and this place has been put together with the ultimate care.Loopy Lorna's namesake was Gaynors dear Mother who was the inspiration behind the heart felt homebaking and need to drink fabulous tea.

Nothing is out of a tin, or from a pre-packed brand. Home-cooked, baked or blended is the ethos, and that includes their tea. You'll find a smiling, warm and happy atmosphere. If only real life were like this, we would all live in peace and harmony. An infectious enthusiasm has meant Loopy Lorna's has just opened this second outlet in October 2010 which is slightly nearer the centre of town than the original at the end of the same road, Morningside Road.

Churchill Theatre is bursting with character and the tearoom fits in seamlessly with original wooden panelling, blue barreled ceiling and  long wooden counters with Loopy Lorna's unique touches such as daisy covered floor tiles. The music of the 1940's tinkles out as you peruse the vast array of cakes on offer.

On Sunday between 1 - 4pm free jazz with Freddie King/Lachlan mcColl trio to enjoy with a glass of wine or a cup of tea - your choice.

Food and drink: 

Well it's cakes for a start: fresh, moist, delicious cakes of all sizes, shapes and discipline. Cupcakes, carrot cakes, fairy cakes and scones. I can also recommend the soup, sandwiches, tart, pate, pasta and my personal favourite - an Afternoon Tea like a banquet arrives on tiered plates scones, pastries, dainty sandwiches, cakes - a feast. Kids are very well catered for too, with their own menus and free squash for under 12s and toys!

Recommended dishes: 

Save up and have a major blow out with the Afternoon Tea.

Your eyes will be out on stalks when you clock the daily offerings go with your instinct. I do.

Their homemade giant fruit or plain scones are served warm with 2 pats of butter and wee dish of homemade raspberry jam. You could share it but don't - just enjoy  yourself  after all tomorrow is another day.

Coconut slice is huge, sweet and delicately flavoured.

So many specially blended teas, the have detox blends, straightforward morning teas and a myriad of others all described well and delivered in individual tea pots with strainers - there are no bags in this here parish - apart from the myriad of handbags resting under tables for hours as their owners indulge themselves.

Ambience: 

The historic Churchill Theatre lends itself well to the Tea House world. Wafts of baking circulate, smiling staff, 1940's tinkly music in the background. Mixed vintage bone china cups, saucers and side plates. Each tea pot arrives in it's own hand knitted teacosy and strainer which just makes you say 'aaaww lovely ' out loud. It's so quaint and sweet,  it's a modern take on ye olde tea shoppe of the past.

Service: 

Informal, smiling, welcoming.
Once you have enjoyed your first cup or two just ask and they will top your teapot up with hot water so you can sip on for as long as you feel like.

Location: 

In The Chuchill Theatre, Morningside. Morningside was where the quintessential Edinburgh lady was said to come from and, whether that's true or not, there is no doubt ladies from anywhere will love this. This is the top end of Morningside Road which in itself is a lovely area to explore with some great boutiques.  It's a wee trek from the centre of town but if you really want a girlie treat...why not?

Price advice: 

For the full Afternoon Tea, which is like a three-course meal, £14.95;

Home-made soup with bread £4.50; and more substantial dishes like tart of the day or lasagna for £9.50.

A pot  of tea and one of those massive scones is £5.24

Coconut slice of other major cake £2.95 but they are all home made and it shows.

Tables to book: 

IIf you have more than 6 people you are encouraged to book.

Other useful branches: 

Loopy Lorna's, Churchill Theatre is at 33a Morningside Road - nearer town, and they have a licence. Call 0131 447 3042 to make a booking.
 

More information on Loopy Lorna's:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Coffee shop, Tearoom
Food:
Scottish, Snacks
Address:
Churchill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR
Telephone:
0131 447 3042
Website:
http://www.loopylornas.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
Opening times:
Every day 9am - 6pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary

Have you been to Loopy Lorna's? Would you recommended it?