Eating good quality gluten free food, mainly in Edinburgh



It’s not often I get to be one of the first visitors to a new restaurant.  This site is a bit too niche for many food businesses, as I suspect they fear a queue of Edinburgh’s gluten free eaters outside their door demanding a fully GF menu.

However, this week I was asked along for a preview of Bruntsfield’s newest “Modern Eatery” on the corner of Merchiston Place: Honeycomb & Co.  And while it is not a GF restaurant, there’s plenty there to keep a GF eater happy and even more quality food for your friends and family.  This is just the place that Brunstsfield needs and Honeycomb will be doing delicious breakfasts, lunches and early dinners from this week onwards.  It’s also ideal for a cup of tea and piece of (seriously delicious) cake.  Honeycomb is definitely more restaurant than cafe, but still has that lovely relaxed and bustly style of a cafe, rather than a more formal overtone.

I skipped the starters as they were largely things connected to the delicious looking homemade bread, such as dips and dukkah.  However, there was also a vibrantly coloured pea soup with locally foraged wild garlic oil, which my gluten eating husband enjoyed with a big chunk of sourdough in it.  Obviously, I could have had the soup without the sourdough, but was saving myself for some delights I had spotted further down the menu.

honeycomb bruntsfield 3The mains are largely salads and a small selection of meat and fish.  There was sea bream, lamb and beef, plus a delicious oak smoked rose harissa chicken breast with tahini yoghurt.  I enjoyed the chicken with two of the salads: leaves with a fabulous honey (of course!) and vinegar dressing, plus some delicious aubergines with saffron and yoghurt dressing.  This is ideal lunch food for me: zingy and tasty, but not too heavy  – and there is pretty good GF choice.  Given that the expertise and creativity behind the restaurant comes from people who used to run the fabulous gallery cafes, it’s no wonder the food, atmosphere and quality is high.

Honeycomb is going to make its mark with some superb gelatos and sorbets, so it’s worth seeking out if you like your ice cream.  For pudding I was brought a warm salted chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce, peanut brittle and peanut ripple gelato.  It was completely divine – just amazing!  My husband had a silky smooth hot chocolate and scoop of salted caramel gelato – all really good too.Honeycomb Bruntsfield

It’s early days for Honeycomb, but it looks like it’s going to become one of the best places to eat in Bruntsfield – and south Edinburgh – very quickly.  They serve the fabulous local Bellfield Brewery gluten free beer, some really good wines and the GFE team even tipped them off about the location of some quality gluten free bread, so you’ll be in for a treat when you drop by.

Breakfasts look good too, including a Granola made with gluten free oats and seeds, plus some gorgeous sounding smokey baked beans…



Honeycomb & Co
1 Merchiston Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4NP
0131 228 4641
Please mention Gluten Free Edinburgh when booking.