De Gustibus' eye-catching Tortino sandwich slices - vegetables, mozzarella & olives.
Monday, 30 January 2012
Wall displays get ever more innovative - Scoop in Soho - and their gelato is pretty good too
Sunday, 29 January 2012
- No bookings
- Cash only
- Open every day including Christmas 12.00 to 22.30
- 100% organic ingredients
- £15 pizzas
- Great seats
I also liked their business card on recycled scraps of cardboard - so much better than the neat corporate effort alongside it.
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
We were wrong - only 15.4 million Ipads were shipped in the 12 weeks to Christmas - not the 20 million we reported back in October http://greatcafes.blogspot.com/2011/10/wifi-get-with-it.html
Unbelievably, we still come across 'third spaces' (a.k.a cafes) that haven't yet installed wi-fi. Wakey, wakey, another cafe with wi-fi will takey your sales.
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Don't you feel old when CDs are seen as a retro item! Konditor & Cook's fun take on 'Back to the 80s' good value cakes. Their outlet in the Soho Curzon cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue is so much better than the usual popcorn emporium.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
The only slight issue may be that customers under 45 are apparently less delighted with garden centre catering than those over 45. My take on this, as outlined at the GCA's conference yesterday, is that as the cafes get bigger and more professional they are losing some of their appeal in terms of personality, humour and quirkiness.
Solution: Read this blog and sign up for a London Cafe Tour! The best have already done so.
Good food is at the heart of a great cafe but I am coming to realise that good design is the way to stand out, be noticed and win the hearts and business of those under 45s.
Monday, 23 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Friday, 20 January 2012
Confused? Popcorners new shape of popcorn
See previous blog posts
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Thankfully, Fresh Element at the Baltic made up for it with a Bronky - see tomorrow's blog for explanation.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Monday, 16 January 2012
Check out our new London Cafe Tours video produced by talented Pete Horton-Fawkes with music by Avicii. The tours are customised for each client and designed so that you can appreciate trends, innovation and best practice in this fast-changing sector.
Contact us if you all too rarely get out of your office and want to see what is happening in the marketplace in terms of:
· New and evolving cafe developments, brands and products
· The latest and leading elements of 'buy with your eyes' cafe presentation
· How the bar is constantly being raised in terms of standards
· The leading players and those to watch
· Design ideas as they may relate to your market
· Being challenged by a leading catering consultant who is aware of who is winning business and why
Labels: London Cafe Tours
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
On a visit to Gateshead I heard about Stacie Stewart who supplies savoury tarts to the Sage:
Stacie - a Masterchef finalist from Sunderland - has set up the Beehive Bakery and comes to your home or workplace in a vintage VW campervan with "an array of stunning handmade cakes and sandwiches on vintage kitsch china served with high tea!" Check out http://www.thebeehivebakery.co.uk/the-beehive-vintage-tea-party-experience.html
I love her on-line profile: "Ive been a mod since about 96, I love music, clothes and food. I ride on a 68 Lambretta Li 125 and a Lambretta J125 Starstream. I can't spell, but I have impeccable manners."
Food wagons and afternoon tea are all the rage; Stacie and her Vintage Tea sound fun.
Friday, 13 January 2012
Pret's Hot Winter Menu - soup, wraps and toasties
Soup at Caffe Nero with toasted ciabatta bread - another clever use of that panini grill
Peyton & Byrne's Soup & Lamb Sausage Roll for a fiver offer
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Monday, 9 January 2012
see previous http://greatcafes.blogspot.com/2011/08/beetroot-apple-ginger.html