Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Make Yours Original

A clever use of a tattoo - customise your shoes.  Cafes are becoming commonplace and need customisation/personalisation/differentiation to stand out. 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Choc Dip Fruit

Choc Dip Fig and other chocolate dipped fruit seen in Aussie.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Death of a Milk Jigger

Serving up china jiggers of milk and offering a chocolate sprinkle takes time in a busy cafe (busy=queues=annoyed customers).  Customers are well used to serving themselves what they want and have a better choice of milk/sprinkle.  Skimmed/Semi-skimmed milk and vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate sprinkle self-serve choices at Starbucks.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Egg in a Hole

 Egg in a Hole breakfast sandwich at the excellent Nibble Cafe, Hull - toasted granary/double bacon/swiss cheese/vine tomato/avocado/hash brown/magic!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Towels & Treats

 Homemade dog biscuits and towels for muddy paws at the Green Table Cafe, Dartington

Friday, 14 July 2017

Don't Worry

Compostable straws at the Green Table Dartington

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Devon Delight

 Green Table Cafe at Dartington, South Devon has a great cake table
Cardamom Buns @GreenTableCafe
 Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies
 Savoury Muffins with cheese and chili

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Be Honest but Kind

Green Table Cafe at Dartington has simple and inexpensive way of asking for customer feedback.

Monday, 10 July 2017


 Chunky table at Biscuit Tin cafe, Reading

Friday, 7 July 2017

Themed Menu

Menu stand made out of copper pipe fittings is spot on appropriate at energy company SSE's new Reading office catered by Baxter Storey

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Cake Jars

 Cake in jars from Cup Cake Blackpool

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Simple Recycling

Simple, effective recycling point in cafe at Cliveden

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Not Disposable

Australian Will & Co's ceramic cup that looks like a paper cup

Monday, 3 July 2017

Down Under Drama

Blow torched scallops offered at Aussie cafe

Friday, 30 June 2017

Look Out Sugar

Health food shop sign is a useful reminder that sugar, not fat, is the new enemy.  Cafe operators need to adjust to this new reality - see what Pret, Itsu, Pod, Bel-Air are up to (and reported on the Great Cafes Blog now in its 7th year).

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Power of Numbers

 Wetherspoons signage has the power of numbers for coffee and pints.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Avocado Everywhere

If you didn't have it for breakfast, enjoy Avocado Sorbet!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Du Matin A L'Anglaise

Fun breakfast tea, and other tea, presentation from Brioche Doree

Friday, 23 June 2017

Cafe of the Year 2017

 Nibble in Hull gets our 2017 Cafe of the Year award.  Simple, low cost design with great food, brilliantly expressed menus and a passionate owner's input.
 Not easy to find but worth a visit @nibblehull
For previous winners, see:
2013 - Yorks, Birmingham 

2014 - Dirty Apron, Vancouver 

2015 - Cafe Britannia, Norwich

2016 - Rising Cafe, Lincoln

Thursday, 22 June 2017

New Porridge

 Tossed did Coconut Porridge back in 2015 - see http://greatcafes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/coconut-porridge.html - and now new at Pret.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Simple, good value and high margin - sourdough and fruit toast at Cielo, Leeds

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Leeds' Laynes

 Open kitchen serving a version of all-day breakfasts

Monday, 19 June 2017


 Raw courgette snacks
 Freeze dried raspberries in chocolate
 Brazil nut butter & cocao nibs crunchy bites
 Mild korma popped crispy thins
and insects

Friday, 16 June 2017

Hull's Great Cafe

 Great menus at Nibble in Hull
 including offers for kids and pooches
 Burgers for breakfast  http://nibblehull.co.uk/#breakfast
 Owner Anna is one of Hull's stars