Thursday, 31 January 2013

Kitchen Garden + Social Enterprise

Clever link up at Burford Garden Company with their kitchen garden and a social enterprise, Aspire.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Brownie cookie 'Brookie' at Swallow Bakery in Cheltenham.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Over a Fiver Egg Sarnie

Individual box sandwich presentation plus crisps in Kilner jar and pickle for £5.45 at Burford Garden Company.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Savouries in Spy Town

Swallow Bakery Cafe, Cheltenham has some excellent savoury items - square Tomato, goat cheese and rocket tarts.
Sausage Rolls and Beef & Onion Empanadas

Saturday, 26 January 2013

My Kind of Ironing

Guest Spot
Ironing board table spotted outside Sydney cafe by Andrew Silver.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Diets are Sad

Pret's great seasonal visual and message

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Nice Details

 Supporting local charities
 Free WiFi
Design Touches
all at the Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Artful WC

 The Gunton Arms in North Norfolk combines great unpretentious food, stunning artwork and quirky design.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Extra Bold

 Fancy condiments at La Hogue Farmshop Cafe, Cambridgeshire - pepper "picked from the uppermost branches of the pepper tree" and salt "from the coast of Namibia".

Monday, 21 January 2013

Warm on the Beach

Simple, satisfying and self-serve hot food at the Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea with snow (and sand) outside.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Colours of the Rainbow

Rainbow cake at Harrods.  See previous blog post for a more alcoholic and home-made version.

Thursday, 17 January 2013


Teapod has two 'teahouses' in central London, tea for retail sale in pouches and some interesting food
Eton Mess traybakes

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Getting it Right

Hot food on display for instant service is the Achilles heel for so many cafe operations.  Left out for lunch service (above 63 degrees C or max two hours if under) items can often look unappealing.  Benugo get it right with these individual pies plus the cooling quiche at their British Museum Gallery Cafe.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cows are In

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Get used to seeing a lot more cow logos around as Beefeater roll out their revised branding
Fisher Farm Park
Milk & Honey at Pinewood Studios

Monday, 14 January 2013

Treasure Hunting

Great staff recruitment notice at Itsu with eight language and flag headlines.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Eat Me (Literally)

Personalised M&Ms are an edible and fun marketing idea.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Fruit & Veg Appeal

The Tower of London's caterer Ampersand uses fresh fruit to good effect.
Well packaged Children's crudites and San Pellegrino lemon display.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Set the Scene

Asian restaurant East Street in W1 uses genuine hanging signs from the countries of its cuisine - Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Korea.  Highly effective scene setting.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

A Royal Dusting

Ampersand's Mincemeat Bakewell tarts with appropriate logo at the Tower of London.

Monday, 7 January 2013

We all need one of these

Tip boxes can be ever so tacky but the humour of this one at Choccywoccydoodah's cafe appealed.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Well Behaved Owners

Guest Spot
 How to get more off-season business - Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea - with credit to switched-on Manager Alan Miller.

Friday, 4 January 2013

The Crown Chestnuts

 Ampersand's smart electric chestnut roaster and seasonal offer at the Tower of London.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Sweet Focaccia

&Pasta's sweet focaccia

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Courgette Loaf

Courgette & Cheddar Loaf (great toasted apparently) at Salvation Jane

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Say it with Cake

Happy New Year
and congratulations to Dick Turpin who founded our catering consultancy upon being awarded MBE in the New Year Honours.