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Tipsy Mallows
Tipsy Mallows
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Tipsy Mallows
230 High Street,
EH15 2AU
Tipsy Mallows opened in April in Portobello, with mother-daughter team Michelle and Rachel Kelso fronting the business. The idea to go into the marshmallow business came in January after a trip to a food show with gran, who mentioned she'd formerly dabbled in the 'mallow. Just a few months later, Rachel joined her mum in opening a shop. 

The result is an elegant but oh-so fun boutique-style cafe on Portobello High Street.  Serving milkshakes, a small range of savouries, and bubble tea alongside chocolates, tea and coffee from quality local producers, the cafe is bright and stylish. But despite the name (and the sophisticated look!), Tipsy Mallows is the perfect place to take a child. We made a family visit one Sunday afternoon, largely because my children would not let me go without them once the words "marshmallow cafe" were spoken. And their excitement was immediately validated: the marshmallows are massive. The hot chocolate is lovely. And the pure choice is overwhelming. With roughly eight flavours available at a time, we sampled banana-nutella, rhubarb and custard, coffee caramel, and amaretto. Intriguing but unavailable on the day were the Earl Grey and lemon, G&T, Irn Bru, and whisky-cider flavours.

Even better than the choice, though, is the pricing. At £1.50 for the largest marshmallow you'll ever meet, it's actually quite a bargainous outing. And no worries about requests for seconds: there is almost no way you could tackle two in one sitting. But as they are served with a pair of scissors to facilitate sharing, we were able to neatly portion them out. I asked the children for their favourites and the response was “every single one of them!" (Please note - I didn't let them try the amaretto. Honest.)

But this isn't just a place for the kids; adults are equally catered for. The flavours used are intense, made with fruit purees and liberal amounts of alcohol. Rachel almost gleefully tells me that the alcoholic ones take half a bottle of booze, and none of it burns off. There's definitely a kick, and if marshmallows can be grown-up, these are.

Gluten, egg and nut free, Tipsy Mallows are suitable for a whole range of tastes, requirements, and ages. They cater for events and weddings favours as well as just keeping the children happy with a weekend visit. Well worth a trip: just beware of the sticky finger aftermath. (R. Edwards)
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