This has been on our list of must visits for a while but has always been too busy to get a table on previous trips to Rye. A fairly new coffee shop to the town, Edith's House is tucked along the east end of the High Street. Painted in a teal blue with gold lettering and various chalk board menus, it was on a solo visit that I stopped off to try it out. Run by the friendly duo Eaton and Michael, the cafe is named after Eaton's Nana and feels and looks like a friendly place to refuel.
Taking the outside seat, I deliberated between a light lunch, cake or a cream tea as Michael took my drinks order of a flat white. Very tempted by all things on the menu I plumped for a white chocolate scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Other scone flavours included a honey scone with ginger preserve, cinnamon scone with apple and fig jam, coconut scone with lime marmalade or an almond scone with dark cherry jam - great combinations I have not come across anywhere else.
The flat white arrived promptly and tasted beautifully strong and velvety smooth, on par with Loaf and Brown's. The beans used are from London roastery Climpson & Sons who roast espresso blends and a range of single origin beans.
From my little seat outside I people watched whilst waiting for my food to arrive. Even on a cloudy Saturday afternoon the town of Rye is jam packed with tourists and seats in Edith's were snapped up as soon as they came available.
The scone was served warm along with a huge dollop of clotted cream and cute little jar of jam. The next ten minutes were spent savouring the delicious homemade scone whilst getting envious glances from passing tourists. It was absolutely delicious, great portion size and good value. This place is definitely as good as it looks unlike the Bay Laurel in Wye.
The inside of the shop is my ideal coffee shop style - vintage cake stands, mismatched furniture, chalk board menus, comfy sofas and armchairs along with wooden farmhouse chairs the list goes on. Although very small I love it, a very friendly space to spend a bit of time in without feeling rushed or cramped.
The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
A great little gem within the town of Rye, if you are passing and there is a table free go get it! Friendly and welcoming with fantastic tasting coffee and scones, I will be back to try out the other goodies on offer.
105a High Street
Visit date was the 24th May 2014.