There is a limited edition menu available at The Pastry Section in Stockbridge until the end of November which features classical autumnal flavours.

There are pumpkin spice loaves and individual pecan pies so that you don’t have to share, all designed to encourage you to cosy in and savour the moment.

If you don’t want to linger in the Stockbridge café then you can always take them home.

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.

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.”

The Pastry Section is located at 86 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH and is open Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm. The menu is available now until 30 November 2019.