Friday, 18 April 2014

Allergen Aware

EAT have taken steps to comply with the new allergen regulations coming into force on 13th December. Have you? See the Ham & Cheese Toastie contains some of the 14 allergens that need to be declared:

  1. Cereals containing gluten
  2. Egg
  3. Milk
  4. Mustard
  5. Crustaceans
  6. Fish
  7. Molluscs
  8. Lupin
  9. Nuts and nut oils
  10. Peanut
  11. Soya
  12. Sesame
  13. Celery and celeriac
  14. Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Townies & Blondies

 Townies - tart + brownie - at Bea's of Bloomsbury Farringdon.
 Brownie selection - Valrhona, Blondie and Killer (coconut, peanut butter, hazelnuts, praline and more)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Bubble at Home

I never thought it would take off in the mainstream market but 'make at home' Bubble Tea kits were getting attention at the recent Food and Drink Expo.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Gluten Free Growth

 Handmade Cake Company are experiencing their biggest growth with gluten free cakes and traybakes.
 No.G bakery have a whole range of gluten free products and their website is

Monday, 14 April 2014

Distinctly Different

 The Table in Southwark is the winning combination of architects Allies & Morrison, whose offices it sits in, and Shaun Alpine-Crabtree.  A small range of distinctive homebaked savouries and pastries.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Going Green

Vegetable juices are the cold drink phenomenon at trade shows and now on cafe shelves.  Savse's broccoli, pear, spinach, kale, kiwi, lemon and banana drink. Vegesentials have celery, apple and kale juice in the green bottle below and more half fruit/half vegetable juices and smoothies at
Pain Quotidien has their '1 a Day' Green Juice of swiss chard, celery, apple, orange, lime and ginger.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Predatory Pricing

 Latte breaks the £3 barrier at Workshop's new cafe in Amazon's headquarters building.
A £5.50 brick sized flapjack to take out at Del' Aziz Bankside.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Every Pound Counts

The free entry Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate may have a concession caterer operating their cafe but they publicise the fact that every purchase supports their exhibitions, community and school projects.
  More museums and galleries should make the message clear.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Coffee Cycling

 Peloton & Co's cycle shop in Spitalfields offers coffee and demonstrates the link between cyclists and cafes.
 Coffee machine manufacturer Faema makes the connection clear at the London Coffee Festival.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Rhubarb Heralds Spring

 Company of Cook's Spring Rhubarb Festival pastries at the Brewhouse Cafe, Kenwood House.
Rhubarb Lemonade

Friday, 4 April 2014

Booming Coffee

The London Coffee Festival sees the launch of Allegra's latest London Coffee Guide 2014.  Packed with reviews of 138 of the best independent coffee venues it features 37 new cafes - it's not just London house prices that are booming.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Best Buns

Cinnamon buns at the Nordic Bakery.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Said Hits The Spot

 Chocolate moulds act as wall decor at Said's chocolate cafe/shop.
 Milk churn seats.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Cross Toast

Hot Cross Toast at Starbucks.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Great Great Grandmothers

Guest Spot
The Beach Cafe at Wells-next-the-Sea may have a seasonal trade but they keep up the humour and appeal to attract dog owners, cyclists, nature-lovers and mums all year round.

Friday, 28 March 2014

From Rome with Love

 Chocolate specialist Said from Rome has opened in Broadwick Street with homemade cakes and lashings of chocolate sauce.
Hot Chocolate in three versions - dark, milk and ganache.
 Chocolate cake to die for.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

French Flee France

 Yet more French influence at Pain de Mie cafe on New Oxford Street.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Simple Self-Serve

 Pay at the till where you are given a mug and then serve yourself.  It works well at an Asda cafe and the calorie count is clear.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014


WiFi password code at 193 Cafe on Wardour Street.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Catch Them Young

Disposable bibs at Asda cafe.

Friday, 21 March 2014

8.5 Million Moggies

 The fact that there are 8.5 million cat owners in the UK might explain the extraordinary success of Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium cafe in Shoreditch.
 £5 cover charge per person for a two hour session and they are booked up until June.
There is a real lesson for all cafe operators about the power of attracting special interest groups.
 Enjoy your moggie, macchiato and macarons!