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April 9, 2019

With links to the next door Stewart Christie & Co, Edinburgh's oldest tailor, The Chaumer is an elegant space specialising in loose leaf teas, breakfasts, lunches sharing platters of Scottish fish, cheese and charcuterie plus wine, beers and cocktails.

Small scale local producers are favoured which means they serve goodies from people like East Coast Cured, Roots Soda and Jarvis Pickle Pies.

The Chaumer is open seven days a week from 8am. You could start your day with a bacon brioche bun, toasted banana sandwich or the Chaumer Breakfast tray: hot toast, pastries, Edinburgh butter, jam and a Yester Farm layered yoghurt fruit pot.

Puddledub ham

Lunch might be a seasonal salad, grilled sandwich or a country pie. We like the sound of the Scottish cheese and Puddledub ham toasties.

Others prefer to prefer to settle in with a friend and have a natter over a bottle of Grüner Veltliner and a plate or two of cured and pickled Scottish fish.

The teas on offer range from Formosa Oolong and second flush Darjeeling to Japanese Sencha green tea and Earl Gray Roiboos.

Naturally, a variety of coffees are on sale along with cold brew coffee from the Obadiah Collective.

Tea-infused cocktails

They also sell pre-batched cocktails. There are four to choose from and all of them have some form of tea involved. For example, the Lapsang and Rose Old Fashioned is made with Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve Whisky, Lapsang Souchong and rose cordial and liquorice bitters.

Obviously, it's best to go easy on the Lemon Tea Negronis or you might just find yourself in the tailor shop next door being fitted for a beautiful, made to measure three piece.

We can think of worse fates.

Don't quote us on this but we seem to recall that The Chaumer was due to open several months ago. We know not what caused any delay and nor do we care. They are open now and it all looks charming.