Great idea for a Living Wall spotted at Anthropologie in Regent Street - no cafe here but lots of design ideas. Perfect for a garden centre cafe but appropriate anywhere. The words that come to mind are fresh, natural, informal and creative.
Check out how ever-innovative Pret are displaying/selling their crisps - rustic looking bins in front of every multi-deck chiller. Look for your sandwich and see the crisps immediately in your line of sight. Simple, clever and will add to take up and that all important average spend.
The Times (23.3.11) says Granny clutter is all the rage and that sales of doilies are booming. I have spent most of my catering career trying to get rid of these unnecessary and old-fashioned accoutrements but fashion has come full circle - Doilies are back!
I have been recommending tea cosies and brown betty tea pots for a while - Conran led their reintroduction at the wonderful Albion Caff - and I suppose doilies are just another retro item that will conjure up memories of yesteryear.
Cup cakes, home baking, tea cosies and now doilies - Great for the explosive growth of bakery cafes. Good for Granny.
Chris Brown, Charles Manners, Ian Doughty and Tracey Fairclough are Directors of catering consultants Turpin Smale.
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