Wednesday, 29 February 2012

The End of the World is Coming

Young to 4 year old Iberian hams
Acorn fed and expensive

see previous blog post from the UK:

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Excel's Wood, Slate & Jars

Hotelympia Themes 2012
Wood - boards, holders, mini display tables are very much in
plus slate
and Kilner jars

Monday, 27 February 2012

Suki Tea

Quality tea and attractive tea pots - Suki tea at Dobbies garden centre cafe, Ashford.  Are you still offering a cheap stainless steel dribbling teapot with no-name untagged teabag?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Let It All Hang Out

Love the glass panelled fridges at Leon - such a good way to show off what you have in stock.  Making a positive out of back-of-house space and storage is right on-trend.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Friday, 24 February 2012

Variations on an Egg

Scotch Eggs - Scrumpy, Ploughman's, Chilli, Classic, Smokey Joe and best seller Black Watch (sold out but contains black pudding) at the deli at edgbaston in Birmingham.  Bravo to owner Simon who also operates the grocer at edgbaston

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Bakery Cafes

Dobbies garden centres are really serious about their baking and cakes.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Design Tips

Wall as blackboard as menu at Pimlico Fresh
Light feature at Hackney Empire's Urban Pantry
Memorable cafe name - Tina, we salute you - in Dalston
Treasure those butcher's blocks at Leon

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Baked Fries

Forget the fryer; Leon offer baked fries - seasoned with smoked paprika and Anglesey sea salt!

Monday, 20 February 2012

Ever Sat on a Mop?

Mop head seats at Passatge del temps - one of Barcelona's Wax Museum's brilliant cafes.

Sunday, 19 February 2012


Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar is off Carnaby Street and the second unit of the Dept of Coffee & Social Affairs folk in Leather Lane.  They reckon they are the only UK cafe to sell Bellocq tea from the USA.
The downstairs Brew Bar

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Spring has come Early

The savoury sandwich is getting more adventurous - this is Carluccios Pane Casareccio - a stuffed (cheese meat and egg) savoury bread ring.
Apparently eaten by Italians on Easter Monday to celebrate the unofficial start of Spring.  Bit like our year round hot cross buns.

See previous blog:

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A Healthy Station

Sourced Market fruit display at St Pancras station with simple, inviting price point

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Under the Arches - More Cafes; Less Eels

E5 Bakehouse under the arches in Hackney - passionate about sourdough.
Next door is the Happy Kitchen Canteen, Bakery & Pantry
A short distance away in Broadway Market, one of the few remaining eel and pie houses

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Red (Chocolate) Roses

Three special ladies in my life - wife and twin teenage daughters - will get Carluccios chocolate roses and a short break to Barcelona - anyone know some great cafes there?
"Marry Me?" cakes and cupcakes at Dobbies garden centre cafe at Ashford - this is one very switched-on cafe operation and a treasure trove of future blog posts.  Tesco, who owns Dobbies, is on to a winner.  Will Dobbies will sort out Tesco cafes one day?
You just cannot get enough heart shapes - Krispy Kreme's doughnuts and Millies cookies.  I prefer the chocolate roses.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Buckets of Ingenuity

Chozen Noodles' new unit in Borough High Street with lights in buckets from Ikea - the contents of the buckets are changed with the season.  Eye-catching and inexpensive.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

No Froth Here!

A. Gold - traditional foods of Britain - in Spitalfields has proudly not joined the  espresso revolution.  Great place for new ideas of well packaged British food and drink.  Check out

         A.Gold - Campbell's Irish Tea

Saturday, 11 February 2012

A Great Start to the Day

Bacon Sandwich with HG Walter's organic bacon and Lantana tomato chutney on white sourdough bread.  £6 of great grub at Lantana Cafe, W1.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Jamie's Chic Shack

Bicester Village - the chic outlet shopping venue for hordes of overseas visitors - has an interesting mix of catering.  The largest Pret I have ever seen plus Carluccios, Villandry Grand Cafe, Busaba Eathai and this shed by Jamie Oliver's outside catering company Fabulous Feasts.  Quite what the visitors think of chelsea buns and eccles cakes, goodness knows but they were of good quality.

Thursday, 9 February 2012



"Healthy" snacks = Growing sales

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Container Cafe

The Box Park, alongside the railway line in Shoreditch,  is the "world's first pop-up mall"  
Two of the boxes/containers are taken by Foxcroft & Ginger with their latest cafe.  Wonderfully innovative.