Thursday, 2 April 2020

Hello Vietnam

Lattes with a twist - Okinawa Brown Sugar Latte and more - at Starbucks in Vietnam

Monday, 30 March 2020

Feed NHS

1 I.S Logos -80 Image nhs-logo - International Synergies
Turpin Smale Catering Consultants is proud to have donated to FeedNHS

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Monday, 23 March 2020

Social Distancing

Holkham strikes the balance between responsibility and a little humour at its Courtyard Cafe's take-out offer before its closure on Friday.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Trying to Keep a Sense of Humour

£5 Don't Panic bag bought by my brother Nick at his local farm shop Bucksum in Long Crendon yesterday.

Great Cafes blog and the three of us at Turpin Smale Catering Consultants know how tough it is for owners and staff at cafes throughout the land dealing with the closures, short-time working, cash flow challenges, staff worries and lack of customers.  We are very much thinking of you.

Our photos and stories are often prepared well in advance so we will keep going for as long as possible whilst home working.  We have a treasure trove of photos from a recent cafe tour of Australia and New Zealand to come.  Do send in items of interest to

To all our blog readers; Keep well.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Bakery by Day; Singaporean by Night

Arome in Soho
with the largest, tastiest almond croissant found anywhere
 and Singaporean by night

Monday, 9 March 2020

50 Varieties of Cookie

Seen in France by one of my eagle-eyed spies.  Thanks Ben.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

What a Load of Crock...ery

Buy your cup at Harris & Hoole if you like it that much

Monday, 2 March 2020

Popcorn & Soda

Square Root Sodas and freshly made popcorn at Seven Dials

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Coffee & Donuts

Big Shot Coffee and Donuts at Seven Dials

Monday, 24 February 2020

Ice Cream Ideas

Fwip's gelato/frozen yogurt/sorbet with berries, espresso coffee or cake

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Local Leftovers

 Apples from Cliveden's fruit trees in the Orchard Cake and left over bread and scones in the great margin £3.25 bread pudding

Monday, 17 February 2020

Easy Peasy

 Fund-raising idea at the National Trust's Cliveden cafe

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Too Much Protein?

 The London home for personal trainers - WE11 - has an appropriate cafe

Monday, 10 February 2020

Lemon Meringue Cake

Caffe Nero's Sicilian Lemon Meringue Cake

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Monday, 3 February 2020

Really Big (£4) Cookies

Creme in London and their fairly amazing cookies

Thursday, 30 January 2020


 The £4.50 latte has arrived at Saudi Arabia-based cafe concept Bafarat in London
 plus patisserie from Thomas Alphonsine
 established in Jeddah in 1952 London is their second site

Monday, 27 January 2020

No Nonsense Coffee Guide

The Old Ship Aground pub in Minehead avoids the BS