Friday, 28 September 2012

Creative Cake

Peyton & Byrne's Pistachio Chocolate and Strawberry Cake

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wear a Tea Cosy

You will want to know that today is National Wear a Tea Cosy on your Head Day in aid of disadvantaged children.  More at

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

House of Cake and Breakfast

Massive meringues and slabs of nougat cake at Costley & Costley's House of Burns in Kirkoswald, Scotland.  They do an excellent breakfast - latte, wi-fi plus a full cooked plateful - for £6.95: highly recommended.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Tea & Treats

Presentation of scones and till impulse items at Portsmouth Dockyard's cafe by caterer Ampersand

Monday, 24 September 2012

Cakes in the Capital

Broughton cafe Deli in Edinburgh with some interesting cakes

Friday, 21 September 2012

Condiment Con

Little Chef may not have much going for it but at least it serves a decent brand of ketchup
Shame on the otherwise quality cafe at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Just look at the difference in ingredients
Water &Glucose Fructose Syrup or Tomatoes

Thursday, 20 September 2012


Creative and appropriate table at Top Notch resort in Vermont

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Ultimate Biscuit?

Costa's 'ultimate' and large Bourbon and Custard cream biscuits

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Drink to David & Des

D&D Restaurants let you know that they are not a faceless corporate entity with this cheery cardboard coaster at their new South Place Hotel.  Not sure of the likeness but with 24 restaurants in London they are faces to be reckoned with.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Avoid a Wedgie

Are you looking after cyclists with racks that they will actually use for their expensive and easily damaged prized possession?  The old wedge-your-front-wheel-in are no good at all.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Benugo's Waterloo

 Benugo and their new outlet on the balcony of Waterloo station - traditional counters are out; tables are in
 Simple presentation aids - sinks, platters and steps plus attractive glass sided and not-too-high multideck chillers

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Milk goes Nuts

Is this the next big thing in milk - cow milk, soya milk and now almond milk?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Jamie's Muffallettas

Jamie's Bakery at Gatwick North Terminal
 Piles of bread and dough emphasise the product
Muffalettas are sandwiches made of bread similar to focaccia

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Everyone eats Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry retain their wacky humour with the disabled parking sign at their Vermont ice cream factory.

Monday, 10 September 2012

River Cottage in a Harbour

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has opened a River Cottage Canteen and Deli in Royal William Yard, Plymouth
Chairs covered in coffee bags and herbs growing out of olive oil tins

Friday, 7 September 2012

Fresh Simple Scottish

The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh has an excellent and popular cafe and restaurant operated by local restaurateur Centotre.  Suppliers are celebrated at the restaurant entrance with portraits and on maps and menus.
'Fresh, Simple, Scottish' are the watchwords.

Scottish products are celebrated in all their glory!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Little Shipmates

Kid offer by caterer Ampersand at Portsmouth Dockyard cafe
The upgrade offer - 'Pirate' box to a coolbox for an additional £1.50 - is clever.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Modern Heritage

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has a smart, modern cafe operated by Heritage Portfolio.
Screen based menus and quality cutlery
Quality, modern glassware
And the scones are featured in an attractive modern bowl

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Pride of Plymouth

I am a huge fan of the Town Mill Bakery in Lyme Regis and they now have an off shoot - the Royal William Bakery - in the Royal William Yard, Plymouth.  Fabulous freshly-baked items in unpretentious surroundings.
How it works plus the wooden 'plates'
Bakery equipment and production is all on show
Bench seating is planks mounted on steel girders
Napkins=paper roll; butter in a big bowl; home-made peanut butter