Monday, 12 November 2018

Camp Fire Treat

S'mores Pie - a camp fire treat of biscuit, chocolate and marshmallow - from Konditor & Cook

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Monday, 5 November 2018

Blasted Hot

No kitchen, no worries for street food vendor Dirty Bagels who melts the cheese on one's pulled pork bun with a blowtorch.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Lots of Cake

Lots of cake offered by our 2018 Cafe of the Year Spider on a Bicycle in Aboyne, Scotland as part of its recruitment of cafe superstars.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Spending a Poem

The Starfish restaurant in Tarbert has poems on its walls - and my favourite Sea Fever by John Masefield in the gents.  I must go down to the seas again.......
Differentiate yourself and stand out.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Setting the Scene

We can't all have cafe restaurants set on an island (Gigha in Scotland) with tables overlooking the sea and be included in the Michelin guide but we can dream.......

Others such as Cafe Ca'Dora in Tarbert rely on good food and interior design

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Coffee, Crepes and Craic

 Sweet and savoury crepes and waffles at Shamrock & Thistle cafe in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
 Little wonder it is featured in the latest Scottish Independent Coffee Guide No3 @indycoffeeguide
 A simple to achieve and operate hot food offer

Monday, 15 October 2018

Ice Offer

Even small cafes can now offer ice and these Polar ice machines are counter top, inexpensive and don't need plumbing in.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Star Uniform

 The Starfish restaurant in Tarbert has staff T-shirts with great messages on the back.  Such an easy way to create ambiance plus the seafood and service was great.

Monday, 8 October 2018


 Love the door panels used to feature Spider on a Bicycle's soup and special of the day
 Comfy mis-matched seats with wood burner and use of natural materials
 with credit to all the crowdfunder investors who made the project possible
Our worthy Cafe of the Year 2018

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Cafe of the Year 2018

 Spider on a Bicycle in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire gains Great Cafes' Cafe of the Year award for 2018.
 Set up by two sisters it just gets it right in every department - design, food, coffee and mission.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Don't Be Dull

 Scotland is justly proud of its home-baking tradition and scones and we found special scones - Chocolate and Ginger and Orange and Chocolate plus many more - at many locations.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Not Your Usual Station Catering

 The Carriage cafe bistro within Ballater's old Station features the royal carriage and a full afternoon tea experience backed by the Prince's Foundation and Dumfries House Trust

Monday, 24 September 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Coffee Break Offer

The meal deal is commonplace amongst retailers but cafe operators often miss a trick of upselling and attracting the lunch trade.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Taking Sustainability Seriously

 Wrapper free ice lollies and a real effort to sort waste at Holkham's excellent new Lookout cafe in north Norfolk

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Milk Alternatives

Milk alternatives are now commonplace - what and how many do you offer?

Monday, 10 September 2018

Keeping it Simple

Simple outside tables and signage at Shed in Reading.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Gluten-Free Heaven

Nibsy's in Reading offer gluten-free everything.