Friday, 29 June 2012

Dog Parking

Dogs, and their owners, are encouraged at Daylesford Organic

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Perfect Porridge

Starbucks six variations of porridge.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Street Smart Tables

Seen on a Soho street, half-width tables that are perfect for balancing a coffee cup but not much more.  Great idea if it means you can fit in that alfresco seating.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Ingredients on the Glass

Ingredients listed at the base of Doombar's pint glass and an idea that could be used on specific cake plates or coffee mugs. It reads: Natural Ingredients - Cornish Water, English Malted Barley, Whole Hop Flowers and Sharp's Unique Yeast.  Good beer, great marketing.

Monday, 25 June 2012

The Bard

Clever merchandising at Starbucks given the World Shakespeare Festival runs until November and the Bard is an international icon.  Unlike the Olympic rings, you won't get told off by using his image I assume. We may all be potty about the Jubilee and the Olympics but the World Shakespeare Festival is big - 60 partners, one million tickets,

Friday, 22 June 2012

Buzzy Brunch

Granger & Co's simple and superb cake offering in Westbourne Grove - bran muffins, carrot cake, scone with fruit filling and more.  Bill Granger is an Aussie restaurateur famous for his brunches and has conquered Sydney, Tokyo and now London.  Great coffee from Allpress Espresso and tea by Rare Tea Company.  The place is buzzing all day long.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Fruit Twist

Daylesford Organic's Fruit Twist is original and a healthy improvement on the ubiquitous chocolate twist.  The label on all their bread products is terrific too.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Great Signs

Printers & Stationers wine bar off Columbia Road
Upper Crust unit at Paddington Station

Ethel's Kitchen in Hove

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Trays & Tea Cosies

Priory Farm Coffee Shop near Redhill, Surrey has colourful trays
and all sorts of tea cosies for use in the cafe and for sale

Monday, 18 June 2012

Free Bucket

Fun, colourful, kids offer at the Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea in north Norfolk.  Free bucket, their own multideck station and mini bars of rock.
Cuddly toy character to help the 'pester power'

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Latest Bakery Cafe

Did you see that Starbucks has bought San Francisco-based La Boulange Bakery -
A logical step and one that could have influence on their 17,000 stores worldwide.  I believe that bakery cafes are the way forward - will others follow?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Cuddle a Pensioner

We keep going on about looking after the special interest groups - those using walking sticks are great cafe customers as they have the time and pension money.  Seen at an Oban railway ticket counter but just as appropriate by a cafe till.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Simple, Self Serve, Hot Food

Heinz Soup
Baked off pies and sausage rolls
Toast & preserves (and Nutella)
Simple, high quality, self-serve hot food at the Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea and what a volume it can deal with.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Fresh Fish

Caught at 3am by the fisherman in the background and sold to us for a tenner six hours later when we went alongside - 6 haddock and a saucepan full of prawns.
This catering consultant blogger does occasionally take some time off - a friend's yacht at our anchorage in the Summer Isles, North West Scotland several days ago.  
Remote, dry and fabulous fresh fish.  Not a cafe in sight!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Vinyl Stand

Fun cake stand at the Beach Cafe in Wells-next-the-Sea.  For those of a later but still pre-MP3 vintage, see

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Yum Yum

Cherry Ripe Slice at Salvation Jane
Rhubarb Galette at Amelie and Friends
Sicilian Canolo at Brera
see our Pinterest photoboard for more

Monday, 11 June 2012

Grab a Box

Burford Garden Company have the clever idea of encouraging take-away sales of cakes (at cafe prices) by having stacks of cardboard boxes by the cakes.  It worked and we left £20 the poorer!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Life's Too Short

Cake display at the popular and busy Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Everyday isn't Good Enough

Costa may make good coffee but they haven't woken up to the 'real tea' revolution that is sweeping artisan coffeeshops, quality cafes and the food shows.  Consumers are prepared to pay for a premium tea bag or loose leaf tea and tea powder just isn't it.  Powder tea bags is the new instant coffee powder; to be avoided.

Check out previous blog posts on Suki, Jing, Tregothnan and Tea Nation teas.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Store Catering

Igigi General Store's cafe in Hove
Check out the glorious photos on their website

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Available at Two Places in the World

Butterbeer at Warner Bros Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter at Leavesden
A popular wizarding beverage (at £2.95 a cup) described as tasting "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch."
Otherwise available at The Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bio Bags of Tea

There is no doubt that one of the next 'big things' in the world of cafes is higher quality tea, loose leaf and in teabags.  Customers like (and will increasingly demand) better quality tea and operators like being able to charge more for one of their best selling items.  Just make sure that the teabags are biodegradable - made from PLA and not nylon.  Tea Nation's teabags have cotton tags, no staples and promise that the tea bag will degrade in 90 days; oh and the tea is good too.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Edible Manhole Covers

The message, bottom left in blue, says "looks like a manhole cover"!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Cakes

Clam Cakes' Jubilee Range
Handmade Cakes use patriotic cases
and my daughter Juliet's masterpiece!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Go to Prison for a Slice

Ethel's Kitchen in Hove on the south coast has a sense of humour to match the great food, cakes and assorted teapots

Saturday, 2 June 2012

The K-9 Club

The dogs, dog owners and ducks love the set up and sign outside the Beach Cafe in Wells-next-the-Sea.  Dog treats on sale inside.  Look after all the special interest groups and watch the loyalty and sales increase.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Passion on a Poster

Cafe in the Park have two locations - Marlow and Rickmansworth - and have great story posters