Qype logo Join Yelp

Qype has joined Yelp to bring you more reviews, community and businesses. Read More.

  • “It was also, pleasantly moist and a generous sized loaf for its price tag.” in 6 reviews

  • “Pumpkin bread, auvergne, seeded loaves, baps, rustic loaves, rye breads, and their shockingly evil chocolate bread (only available on Saturdays, I believe).” in 2 reviews

  • “The bread is really homemade with carefully homemade way, All sandwices and salad display are so fresh.” in 2 reviews

Recommended Reviews

×
Your trust is our top concern, so businesses can't pay to alter or remove their reviews. Learn more.
  • 5.0 star rating
    2/3/2014
    7 check-ins

    The Manna House easily is the best bakery for fresh bread in all of Edinburgh. They have a great selection of regular crusty bread, onion bread, wheaty bread, and even dark chocolate bread! I love stopping here to buy good bread to go with my home-cooked dinners. They also have nice-looking cakes, salads and sandwiches, but their seating is extremely limited.

    Although their Easter Road location isn't terribly convenient for me, many restaurants in Edinburgh like Hemma buy bread from them, and other places like Cranacan and Crowdie on Cannongate buy in their loaves and sell them so locals can source their Manna House bread there.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/4/2014
    2 check-ins

    Hotties and bread.

    Well, what more could you want? Some half way decent coffee? Coming right up!

    Manna house is a nice spot. Screaming 'French bakery' the layout is cute and airy. The tables aren't spaced out fantastically - mainly because the place is so small - but it's a nice spot all the same. The staff are *very* good looking...just, y'know, if you were looking for some eye candy with your coffee...but they totally know it.

    There's a huge selection of pastries and cakes to go with the delicious fresh bread on sale. There's salads too and a lot of people seem to get take away.

    Although it's a great spot, the last time I was there I ordered a bread and butter pudding and it was awful. I ate about two bites. It was burned and very cakey, not the moist custardy deliciousness I was expecting.

    I'll definitely give it another go because I want to believe that was a once off.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/2/2014
    1 check-in

    I can't believe I haven't reviewed Manna House yet. I have been there quite a few times, so it's time to rectify this oversight!

    Manna House is located on Easter Road and I remember when it opened up in 2005. Back then they only had a few breads to start with and 'less of everything'. The cafe has since evolved and they now serve breakfasts and lunches as well. There is only problem - they are not the most spacious of places, so often there is a queue to the door as locals pick up breads and cakes and coffees.

    I usually make a pit stop here on my way to TK Maxx and often have the porchetta sandwich which is served on 'donker brot' roll. They sell this variety as a bread, but I think it works better as a roll. They don't sell these rolls here, but I enquired about it and they advised to place an order the previous day and they would happily set aside some rolls to buy.

    Manna House has an amazing selection of cakes and patisserie. It's maybe not the most cheapest of places, but as an occasional treat this place works like magic.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/4/2013
    2 check-ins
    Listed in Brunch & Lunch

    Though I'm not really a big fan of posh bakery places I must admit I like this one. Tiny, crafted and well tasty bread.
    Bit too expensive for my taste. Crowded too. Coffee is good though! Oh..and it's on the not so sunny side of the street.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/2/2013
    1 check-in

    Love this place!
    It's ideal to get your daily/weekly rye bread or even pastry intake, occasionally a soup or something else!
    The place is small, maybe 5 tables, but worth sitting in, if you find the time.
    The staff is very friendly.

    I agree, it's a jewel on top of Easter Road.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/6/2013
    3 check-ins

    They run out quickly...
    Well worth a walk across town...
    Try the chocolate bread...

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/10/2012

    This place has become my regular 'bread spot'. I've not really tried much else but the walnut wholemeal loaves are great. Fresh and reasonable price too at £2.

    I'll certainly be trying more of their offerings shortly.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/11/2011

    Ah, the aroma of The Manna House. Is there a single more exquisite pleasure offered on Easter Road?

    Overall, we said: "The Manna House is a lovely place for lunch. I imagine you could really impress a dedicated sweet-tooth by taking them there, and allowing them to run-riot for an hour of two. Their soupy soup is top quality, as well, so I'll be back to sample from their range of baked goods again, soon. I suggest you do the same."

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/10/2011

    I love cake.

    Therefore this place would be like a little parisian paradise for me. But I must admit I was a little disappointed. Granted I did go at 5 o'clock so I wasn't expecting there to still be a very wide selection. Despite this I managed to find something that I liked the sound of.

    The service was brilliant, very friendly and made me smile. However the coffee buttercream cup I had chosen did not make me smile that much. Main problem - it did not have anywhere near enough coffee in it, the overwhelming flavour was chocolate, and it still didn't taste of much.

    I am going to reserve judgement for another visit cause I really do want to like this place....... I really do love cake.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/1/2011 Updated review
    2 check-ins

    So I've been here, drunk the tea, and had a scone. I was hugely impressed by the selection of cakes but couldn't comment by experience.

    Having revisited the Manna House for a leisurely late breakfast of fresh coffee and even fresher baked apple strudel, I really did have my own little slice of heaven.

    There are so many cakes to choose from (see my uploaded photos), and they are REAL cakes. Whilst I love my British home bakes, these are all continental pastries and delightful french cakes with colourful gellatin icing, fruit tarts, chocolate twists, croissants, mousse cakes, cheesecakes...the works. I almost cried when I saw the chocolate gateaux, but reason told me apple strudle would be better for breakfast...

    The staff were also really, super friendly, sweet and lovely. Having had a few grumpy staff in other establishments recently, that rather spoiled my afternoon coffee&cake time, it made such a difference to receive service with a smile.

    I also love the fact you can see into the kitchen and bakery, where they bake up all the cakes and fresh bread each day.

    This is the diamond in the rough on Easter Road, and definitely worth the pilgrimage - you shall be rewarded most sweetly!

    4.0 star rating
    12/9/2010 Previous review
    For all cake, pastry and bakery-fresh bread worshipers, this is indeed heaven-sent. Manna by name… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    13/8/2012
    1 check-in

    I popped by the Manna House on Saturday, after a tasty lunch down the street.  The Man and I fancied something sweet and one of their macadamia nut brownies looked like it would hit the spot.

    The Man waited outside while I got in line aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand waited.  And waited and waited and waited and waited.  I was just the 4th person in line, but I was there for about 10 minutes (it felt like 20 but it couldn't have been that long).  This was partially because when I first arrived there was only one girl helping customers (specifically, one customer with a huge order), while another member of staff swaned in and out of the place, mobile phone in hand.  Ok sure he could have been on a break but I'm not convinced it's best to take a break in the middle of the Saturday lunch rush when there is only one other person working and the line snakes out the door.  

    When I *finally* was able to place my order I had one bit of oddness in that I was charged 60p more than the listed price, and another bit of oddness when I realised that I paid £2.60 for a "macadamia nut brownie" that had, in total, one (whole) macadamia nut in it.  Surely they should be chopped up in dispersed through the brownie?

    That being said, it was a very tasty (albeit horrifically expensive) brownie, served in a cutely decorated (and freakishly hot) little cafe.

    So.. yeah.  The Manna House isn't conveniently located for me anyway, but if it was, I would come back to try their breads but probably stay away from the sweets.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/6/2010

    I had heard loads about this bakery and decided to go and get some cakes to take home to my Mum and Dad because that's just the sort of fantastic daughter I am. How lucky are they??!

    I picked up two fruit scones and an apple and caramel tart, and grabbed a loaf of bread which smelt as though it had just came out of the oven. I could barely hold back but decided to wait until I got home and have my cake with a cuppa tea. The smell was killing me!

    I was glad I waited. These cakes are to be savoured with a nice hot drink, not gobbled down on packed trains with a sweaty man's elbow in your face. The caramel and apple tart was TO DIE FOR! It really was fabulous.

    Give Gregg's down the road a swift miss and come here, you will not be disappointed!

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/8/2010

    I'm not a huge fan of pastries or dessert but I went to Manna House daily while in Edinburgh.  This is my cousin's favorite haunts understandably.  The pastries are perfect. I had a chocolate muffin that was chocolaty but not sugary.

    I also had a rosemary and chocolate mousse cake. Sounds weird but it was divine. I *still* think about it. The coffee is delicious and the staff is pretty nice.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/4/2013

    If you haven't been to this place treat yourself to something truly beautiful and visit The Manna House. Breakfast, bread, lunch, soup, Pago juice, cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The list is long. Always full of people so not easy to get a table and they have 4-5 tables only. It is a must step in and eat for me every time when I am on my way to Calton Road. I hope there are more little gems like this one hidden in Edinburgh. Yay!

    • Qype User solomo…
    • Edinburgh
    • 7 friends
    • 55 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/7/2011

    An excellent little patisserie that sticks out like a sore thumb on an otherwise fairly scruffy street.
    The cakes and desserts are in the running for the best in Edinburgh, while the quiches and pizza baguettes are also superb. The staff are friendly and the place seems to be very popular.

    • Qype User MrBarb…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/3/2010

    I was first introduced to The Manna House by my best friend. I went round for breakfast and she has a loaf of their chocolate bread to round off our breakfast, it was lovely. Not overly chocolatey that it was sickly, but chocolately enough to provide that lovely chocolate hit. It was also, pleasantly moist and a generous sized loaf for its price tag.

    So it followed, I was at my friend's house just off Easter Road, and needed to pick up a few things to take home for lunch as my parent were visiting. I left laden with bags full of lovely things for just a smidge over £15 and it was truly excellent value.

    First up, the red lentil soup went down a treat. Wonderfully seasoned and full of chunks of veg.

    The cheese and bacon croissants were delicious, just the right balancewas struck between the bacon and the cheese. The croissant was light, airy and crisp.

    I also had the Mediterranean Cheese Swirl. This was also, crisp, light and airy and tasted beautiful.

    We rounded off lunch with cakes. I had a blueberry cupcake. The blueberry cupcake alone is enough to earn The Manna House its 5 stars. I love cakes but this took it to a whole new level. The Manna House's Blueberry Cupcake is truly unparalleled. It is truly spectacular and I would urge everyone to try it now, if not sooner. The sponge is the softest you will ever encounter. The icing was as light as air, it tasted like it had been made with fresh blueberries and was just perfect. Not too sickly, as icing can sometimes be. All topped off with a fresh blueberry. Just perfect.

    My mum had the Raspberry Cupcake which she also raved about. My dad had the carrot cake, which although I didn't try, it also looked delicious. Some of the carrot cake's icing had rubbed off on to my cupcake so I got a taste and it was awesome.

    The service was also quick, friendly, professional and personal which was pleasing considering how busy it was. The girl serving us was also patient as I kept asking for more and more items. I really can't recommend The Manna House highly enough.

    • Qype User cat…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    6/2/2011

    This place is amazing, everything tastes amazing and so much effort is put into each gorgeous little cake. Service is speedy and friendly. It's just a shame there isn't space for more tables, I'm sure it would still be packed full every weekend.

    In actual fact, I wish there were more places like this on Easter Road to help transform it into a place to visit in Edinburgh.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/2/2013

    Now long established and bringing some appropriate class to Easter Road, the Manna House is one of my frequent go to places.  Everyone knows they do superb cakes and their bread is some of the best available (I have a soft spot for their rolls and bagels).  In fact it's their amazing filled rolls and salads that takes me back most frequently.  The porchetta foccacia is astounding, the ham and cheese roll superb, the Greek salad roll great.  So it goes on.  All with good (not great) coffee, makes it a favourite lunchtime destination.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/1/2013

    This kind of business is so good and friendly, when there is the owner and the manager at the counter is the top service who you can find!! The bread is really homemade with carefully homemade way, All sandwices and salad display are so fresh. The cakes display is fresh and good too!!! Good job guys... !!! Giuseppe...

  • 3.0 star rating
    17/9/2011

    Been dying to visit the Manna House for ages and to be honest, this review waivers between a 3 and a 4. I had a vastly indifferent stuffed flatbread whilst sitting in, but took a couple of cakes home for me and the boy. THe raspberry and chocolate mousse was too sweet without much depth of flavour (raspberry mousse, very light, drowned out by heavier chocolate mousse) but the fruit tart for the boy looks fab. But, where the review starts inching up to a four, is in the loaf of bread I picked up - olive and coriander. Dude, I tell ya, that is a taste sensation. Light lemon notes with the salty olive base... oh yes, this is something new and therefore exciting for me. Went lovely with some smoked salmon and grubh dhu. So, Manna House, if you asked me if I liked your baked goods, I'd give a 'meh' response but in terms of your bread 'hurray'!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/9/2013

    I was so pleased to discover this gem right down the street from my flat. My latte was perfect as was my blackberry crown (yay for pastry cream!) I have a feeling this will become a regular Saturday morning stop. It does get very busy, and seating is limited so not ideal for a big group breakfast.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/5/2011

    I have been looking for somewhere that sells French style desserts and I have finally found it. Perhaps a bit pricey for Scotland at around £2.50 per sweet but cheap compared to Paris.  I had a very tasty blackcurrant and vanilla mousse/sponge and an orange, white chocolate and vanilla mousse/slice.  Will be going back to try everything else.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2009
    First to Review

    This bakery rocks! Far and away the best in Edinburgh. Great coffee and cakes, good soups and sandwiches, but the reason to come here is the bread. Pumpkin bread, auvergne, seeded loaves, baps, rustic loaves, rye breads, and their shockingly evil chocolate bread (only available on Saturdays, I believe). I would go so far as to put this little bakery in the unassuming Easter Road neighbourhood on the tourist route. Not to be missed.

    • Qype User Claysh…
    • Edinburgh
    • 9 friends
    • 10 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    1/8/2008

    Wow! found this little gem while killing time en route to dentist . Sadly only had time for a coffee but oh the cakes looked so beautiful i will be back with time and an appetite to try a selection!

    • Qype User starry…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 54 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    The patisserie from the Manna House are absolutely excellent and really good value for money as well. A wide range of items from the classic croissanterie to more dainty cakes and gateaux that could easily be served as desert after a dinner. There are a few tables and chairs so that you can also sit in and have a coffee and cake. However as the place has become more well known you need a bit of luck to get a place. Still, you can always buy cakes to take home. They also bake a good range of interesting continental breads such as olive or onion breads. A bit off the beaten track but well worth seeking out.

    • Qype User fogAnd…
    • Edinburgh
    • 1 friend
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/5/2009

    This bakery rocks! Far and away the best in Edinburgh. Great coffee and cakes, good soups and sandwiches, but the reason to come here is the bread. Pumpkin bread, auvergne, seeded loaves, baps, rustic loaves, rye breads, and their shockingly evil chocolate bread (only available on Saturdays, I believe). I would go so far as to put this little bakery in the unassuming Easter Road neighbourhood on the tourist route. Not to be missed.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/2/2013

    Best bakery in Edinburgh. Enough said!

  • 1.0 star rating
    10/6/2011

    OK this place stinks. It just keeps getting worse. I cant take it anymore! The coffee is about as bad as it gets. Take a course or something please. The customer service is even worse. The woman who served me couldnt have made less of an effort.  I love going to cafes and Im pretty easy going, but when you screw everything up; coffee, food orders and compound it by being bitchy and nasty, that is one step to far. Unprofessional and incompetent. Not how anyone wants to start their day I would think. Wont be bothering with this place again.

    • Qype User Erick…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 26 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    3/11/2007

    The Manna House is a gem. There's something about that area of Easter Road- where even the shops who have the goods to act pretentious- aren't. Its appreciated. A wide array of breads dominates the baskets behind the counter- pumpkin being one of the seasonally loafs that we sampled recently, and the sour dough which is a stalwart in our household. There are a few tables scattered around- definitely an enjoyable place to have a coffee, but its the cakes that grab your attention. The cakes are pristine and fill a three or four shelved glass case. They are of Parisian standard but what sets them apart is their inventiveness. A shooting star in the center of one if trailed by a string of red currents that comes out of the pastry- this must be seen to be understood. The quirky playing about with patisserie and aesthetics is delightful: and I rarely use the word delightful. You could easily expect to pay triple the price tag of the Manna House for less-inventive ideas- but there's the thing- the lack of pretension. This is the thing: you could have your pain au choclat, or croissant and a cappucinno, you could read Cahiers du Cinema and pretend you are in fact in Paris, and the food would abet you in this daydream. But the prices and the attitude is strictly Easter Road. An optimistic sign for the future of Edinburgh baking.

    • Qype User shorta…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/5/2011

    This is such a lovely place, and it's great that it's on Easter Road which seems to be a great place for well stocked knowledgable speciality shops like Cornelius who does nice wines and beers, and Edina Homebrew round the corner in Elgin terrace, which I have discovered also has the best shoe repair place in town across the street from it. Hirsuite the barbers have done great jobs on my kids hair, a wee beauticians called All About You which does cheap Shellac manicures and then we can all pile into The Manna House for a really nice cake and coffee,too! Easter Road is really on the up.

    • Qype User Gastro…
    • Edinburgh
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/2/2012

    I'm so lucky to have this as my local bakery. The daily baked bread is always excellent  their Pain de Campagne is my regular choice but they often surprise me with specials such as Corn Bread (yellow and crispy  makes great toast) or something new like their Dark Rye Sourdough (crescent shaped and great with pate). I'm happy to sit in their mini cafe for a croissant and coffee on a morning  and though I've not been in for more substantial food their new breakfast menu looks great (baked eggs with chorizo anyone?) and the salad display looks super fresh. Finally the cakes. the cakes! From fancy French entremets to generous frangipani tarts to chocolate and courgette cake  go, drool and enjoy!

Page 1 of 1