Contemporary, independent bakery, The Pastry Section, has launched a brand new ‘cosy menu’ for autumn, encouraging visitors to warm up with coffee and cake in Stockbridge this season.
Stockbridge bakery launches new ‘cosy menu’
The limited-edition menu, which is available until the end of November, features a bounty of classic autumnal flavours, lovingly crafted into delicious sweet treats by The Pastry Section’s small team of in-house bakers. With bakes changing daily, there are lots of new treats to look out for. From pumpkin spice loaf to individual pecan pies, there are plenty of traditional options to try, as well as more unusual bakes like s’more cookie sandwiches and doughnut muffins filled with summer glut jams.
Whether popping in for a quick treat on the way to work or spending a couple of hours catching up with friends at the weekend, The Pastry Section’s autumn menu is designed to encourage people to cosy in, take some time out and savour the moment. The café, located on Raeburn Place, is the perfect place to indulge in some ‘coorie’ time on a blustery autumn day, or the cakes and bakes can also be taken away to enjoy at home after a walk through the crisp falling leaves.
In addition to the selection of sweet treats, which also includes sticky toffee pudding cake, pumpkin pie, ginger cake squares and caramel apple loaf, guests can also enjoy luxurious hot chocolate from local chocolatiers Edward & Irwyn, topped with The Pastry Section’s own homemade chai marshmallows. For coffee lovers, there’s everything from cappuccinos to flat whites, made using locally-roasted beans.
A local foodie favourite
Since opening in May 2017, The Pastry Section has become a firm favourite with Stockbridge locals, with regulars often popping in to catch up with owner, Lesley Stewart. Having always enjoyed baking from a young age, often spending time in the kitchen with her grandma, it wasn’t until a career change that Lesley realised her dream of opening her own bakery.
Having worked as a nurse for 15 years, latterly in the Intensive Care Unit at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, Lesley found that the wider problems of the NHS and the intense nature of the job were starting to take a toll on her and it was time to live by the old motto ‘life is too short’. For two years, she was a full-time student enrolled on a professional cookery course at Edinburgh College, still nursed two days a week, worked part-time in a local café to gain experience and – on top of all that – was a single mum to her two children.
Finally, after a long search for the perfect place, Lesley collected the keys to the shop on Raeburn Place in March 2017 and worked with Splintr design to create a contemporary space which was nestled in Stockbridge, the home of independents.
The Pastry Section has always championed other local businesses, helping to foster a sense of community with both suppliers and customers. The coffee is from local roasters, Mr Eion and Santu, the tea is from local business shibui, Edinburgh-based chocolatiers Edward & Irwyn provide the hot chocolate, and wherever possible The Pastry Section use local suppliers for their ingredients.
Lesley Stewart, owner of The Pastry Section, comments: “I can’t wait for our customers to try our new autumn menu. As always, everything is baked in-house with an ever-changing display, drawing inspiration from the seasons and the produce that is readily available at this time of year. That’s why our cosy autumn menu is focused on delicious, rich flavours like pumpkin, pecan and caramel.
“Over the past two years, I’m so proud of how the shop has grown. It still maintains the friendly and relaxed atmosphere we’ve had since day one, and remains an undaunting space where the bakes evoke memories and create moments of happiness.”
Find them: 86 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm
The limited-edition menu is available from 22 October until 30 November 2019. Prices start from £2.50.