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Transport yourself to the Tardis Tea Company on the Shore

Transport yourself to the Tardis Tea Company on the Shore

It’s not often you’ll be able to pick up a cup of tea or a mulled wine from a Tardis.

But if you’re down in Leith, you’ll be able to do just that this winter.

The Ship on the Shore restaurant is in the process of transforming the redundant police box, which sits opposite its premises, into the Tardis Tea Company cafe kiosk.

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Murray Georgeson, co-owner of Ship on the Shore, told STV Edinburgh that he and his wife Tracey bought the police box two years ago at a silent auction. They've decided now is the time to revamp the space.

“We didn't want anyone else to get it. It was very difficult because it was a blind auction, but at the end of the day, how much it was worth was as much as it was to us,” he said.

“We were quite happy to get it, it just lay dormant for maybe two years and we've decided in the summer to start working on it.

“We've been so busy here we just halted it and all of a sudden we decided to totally take it to pieces to rebuild the inside and reverse the way the doors worked.

“We tried to get the area around the box quite nice and if we can get it up and running for Christmas, we will open at Christmas.”

The Tardis kiosk has been designed to reflect the same colours as the restaurant with dark blue and gold leaf decor.

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The food range will include cakes and snacks, alongside hot drinks, wine and champagne to enjoy outdoors in the small terrace area surrounding the box.

Murray's wife Tracey explained the kiosk will be able to follow the seasons in the menu, with ice cream in summer and mulled wine in winter, keeping the offerings separate from the restaurant.

“It could be a very seasonal space, there’s a whole variety depending on the changing seasons that could influence the space,” she said.

“It will be self-contained and everything will be disposable so we're not crossing the street with any of the items.

“It creates a little bit of interest and chat and adds colour to the area. We hope it will be really polished relaxing area that people can enjoy whatever they choose to take from it in a nice environment.”

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With opening anything outdoors in Scotland, there’s one thing you need to keep in mind - the unpredictable weather.

“We don’t have a busy thoroughfare like the ones in town do were they have a constant thoroughfare, we do depend on the weather," Murray said.

“If it’s bad weather, there’s no thoroughfare at all, but if it’s a nice day it’s very busy down here.

“It will be very much weather dependent.”

You can keep up-to-date with the Tardis Tea Company's opening date via the restaurant's Twitter account.

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