Monday, 30 September 2013


Multigrain croissants featured on several stands at the Lunch! 'contemporary food to go' Show.  Other items that featured heavily - hot dogs, popcorn, coconut water and everything gluten-free.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Edible Gardening

 Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden has an Edible Gardening Project with on-site polytunnel.
Caterer Sodexo uses the produce in their on-site restaurant
 Attractive signage in theire cafe.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Welcome Immigrants

 Bechamel Croissants and all sorts of great pastries at the tiny Aux Pains de Papy bakery cafe in Grays Inn Road, London.  Production is done right in front of you.  You may not be able to get great pastries together with good coffee (and sit down) in regulation-bound France ...... so they have come over here.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Free Knowledge

Image of The Independent Coffee Book - London (Second Revised Edition)
Vespertine Press' second edition of their excellent London Cafe Guide is just out - a free copy to the first two e-mail responses from the over 450 caterers and clients who have already taken our London Cafe Tour.  
You may find you need to come out again and see all that is happening in one of the most dynamic cafe cities on the planet.  There is just so much that is new, innovative and 'popping up'.  If you haven't yet organised a Tour for your organisation, get persuaded by checking out

Free knowledge continues via the Great Cafes Blog - over 800 posts to date - and something new every week day.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Who Needs Twitter?

Sign spotted at a Thames lock.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Watering Can of G&T

The Diageo Shed at Goodwood Revival was selling branded mini-watering cans full of cucumber or elderflower gin and tonic at £24.  Fun.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Welcome Ian

Our new web site is live - check it out at - with latest details of our clients, projects and Ian Doughty, our latest Director and Co-Owner recruit.  Ian, welcome to the UK's leading catering consultants.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Farm to City

 My colleague Ian Doughty liked the local sourcing story at Farm in the centre of the City at Farringdon

Thursday, 19 September 2013

No WiFi? We Have a Solution

Courtesy of Facebook, Lotte Duncan, my bro and the Tree of Life Resort, Jaipur.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

This Has Legs

 A vision of things to come - Giraffe Stop at King's Cross Station.  Fast takeaway service as well as some sit down space.
 Giraffe (sorry, Tesco) is on to a winner with this concept in high footfall locations.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Serious Recycling

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and their caterer Sodexo, are serious about recycling with notices on every outside table plus the appropriate bins.

Monday, 16 September 2013

King's Cross Kiosk

 The Great Northern Hotel has set up this rather splendid hot meat sandwich Kiosk within King's Cross Station.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Keeping it Simple

Simple and effective blackboard wall at Bocketts Farm Park's new cafe in Surrey.
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Thursday, 12 September 2013


Scones with jam already in the top of them at KC Peaches in Dublin.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Rustic Rack

Rustic (and inexpensive) rack for traybakes at Hobbledown's kiosk

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Veg Tray Shelves

Café Muse in Hull with shelves made from vegetable trays from next door shop as spotted by my colleague Charles Manners.
Definitely that front room feel.  Who says fit outs have to be expensive?

Monday, 9 September 2013

Tomorrow is for Broccoli

Ice cream cart sign at Hobbledown Farm Park.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Buggy Park

 Buggy Parks are a great idea when there are hordes of little ones around as at The Old Barns Tearoom, Bocketts Farm Park, Leatherhead.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

We've Got to Start Somewhere!

Norwich furniture shop Warings has a cafe and the owners clearly were involved from the start.  "Apparently we've got to start somewhere?!" say the general sweepers/clearers and washer-uppers Harriet & Jemima Waring.
Great building, good coffee, tasty cakes and stylish furniture.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Expensive Glassware

Note the home made lemonade glass at the Anthologist in the City - a jam jar.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Great British Summer

M&S' Fish & Chips and Beef Burger crisps.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Fun Reading

Books/stageplay on the ceiling at the new Park Theatre Cafe Bar in Finsbury Park.
 Butchers block as table plus assorted quirky furniture.