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Wild Wood to keep up Toast's brunch tradition at new Marchmont cafe

Wild Wood to keep up Toast's brunch tradition at new Marchmont cafe

A new Marchmont cafe has opened in the former home of brunch hotspot Toast.

Wild Wood Cafe officially opened the doors to the new-look property with plans to serve both a day and evening menu.

Taking on the new venture is the former owner of Treehouse Cafe Emma Hilder who, after a year in Melbourne, returned to Edinburgh full of ideas and ambition.

  (© Wild Wood Cafe)
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Taking inspiration from the nearby area, a woodland mural has been painted to echo the new name and new ideas gleaned from Australia’s famed cafe culture city.

“I wanted a fresh and simplistic feel to the place,” Emma said.

“You have Blackford Hill down the road and we are in such a beautiful part of Edinburgh. You have a view of Arthur's Seat when you come out of the door so I wanted it to be a natural name.

“What was really important to me was getting some really good local suppliers because I think Edinburgh has some amazing local businesses.

“We use PekoeTea who are just down the road in Tollcross and we use Mr Eion, a roaster in Stockbridge. He has created our own blend for us.

  (© Wild Wood Cafe)
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“And we have Crombies sausages and The Marshmallow lady. I wanted to showcase the best suppliers we have on our doorsteps.”

Working with the same chefs who cooked up the famous Toast brunches, Emma has kept on some of the favourites from the menu such as the full breakfast and eggs Benedict with a sprinkling of new additions.

  (© Eggs benedict at Wild Wood Cafe)
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“The chefs make everything from fresh,” Emma explains. “The menu has things like homemade pancakes, French toast, full breakfast and a really healthy granola and a hearty porridge called power porridge.

“I wanted to have quite a few healthy options on the menu as well and have some gluten-free options too.

“We have a few different options like sweet corn fritters with grilled halloumi, pancetta and poached eggs.”

  (© Sweet corn fritters with poached eggs, pancetta, beetroot relish and carrot and sweet potato soup.)
via STV via STV

Wild Wood Cafe will be serving its day menu between 9.30am and 3pm and then will reopen with its evening menu between 5pm and 10pm - apart from Monday night - offering a small menu that will be influenced by seasonal food.

“We have a couple of sharing dishes for people who want to come in and have a glass of wine and a light sharing plate,” Emma said.

“For starters, we have things like mackerel pate and marinated Thai prawns with a fresh herb salad. And we will do starters that are also main sizes.

“For mains, we have things like slow-roast pork belly, haddock risotto, Crombies sausages and mash, homemade lamb burger with halloumi and cumin spiced wedges.

“It is quite an autumnal hearty menu going into the colder months.”

Emma added: “I think the general consensus has been really positive.

“We really want to make it a place that is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

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