Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter

Easter cupcakes, Easter Egg biscuits and Easter Bunny Biscuits at Carluccios

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Increasing those Sales

Guest Spot
The new cycle racks are working at Wells-next-the-Sea's Beach Cafe.  Those smart bikes need nice racks.  Manager Alan is on the ball and bike.  See previous blog post

Friday, 29 March 2013

Cocoa Cafe

 Hotel Chocolat have a Roast & Conch shop/mini production facility/cafe in Covent Garden
 Scone with Ganache
 Roasting the beans and making small batches of chocolate from rare cocoa
Liquid chocolat and brewed cocoa

Thursday, 28 March 2013


Stacie Stewart's Chocasheek at the Fortnum pop up.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Brilliant Balthazar

Great sandwiches at the New York-inspired Balthazar Boulangerie, Covent Garden.
Provencal tuna on potato and onion bread.
 'Tatinez' Montgomery cheddar, red onion marmalade on Pain de Seigle
 Bayonne ham and Gruyere on demi baguettes
More photos of their cakes, quiche and salads to come.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Fake Sourcing

This joins the Howlers section.  Seen at Dublin airport.  Check out more at

Monday, 25 March 2013


 Barcake had a great display at IFE with new product development Salted Caramel Bubble Bar
 and Red Velvet Squares

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Fish Out of Home

Guest Spot
The River Cafe, overlooking the River Wye in mid-Wales, with its appropriate decoration has won the heart of Henry Norman from OOH (Out of Home) Magazine who features select snippets from the blog each month - see page 14/15 of

Friday, 22 March 2013

Coconuts, Cucumbers & Coobo

Coconut water was everywhere at IFE.  Low in calories, premium priced it is big in the USA and in the rest of Europe apparently.  I learnt that the real stuff comes from young coconuts, such as the Dr Antonio Martins brand, whilst Coca-Cola have their Zico brand (from concentrate but sadly I preferred the taste).
Qcumber cordial won the best drink innovation award
Coobo is the first bubble tea in a bottle.  An unusual taste sensation.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Raindrops & Red Caviar

 Tiny peppers from Peru in the shape of raindrops.  Delicious.  The Dutch supplier Enrico ( was looking for a distributor at IFE.
Tiny and tasty 1 cm tomatoes - the world's smallest.  One for the menu designers Phil.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

IFE 2013

It's that time of year to eat the most extraordinary range of foods in a couple of hours - the International Food & Drink Event at Excel.  What caught the eye this year:
Halal Beef Bacon - popular in Dubai and possibly worth trying to attract the Halal market for a Bacon Butty here.
Really innovative and one to watch if they can create a market - Fruitbroo hot drinks - from the guy who created and sold Clipper tea.  An alternative to tea and coffee with flavours such as Apple & Rhubarb and Honey & Lemon.
Salmon sold and steamed on a cedar plank from DJM Food Solutions

More to come over the next few days.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Jamie's Kids

Simple, effective and honest - good on Jamie.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Door Tamper

Fun and appropriate door knobs / coffee tampers at Prufrock.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

White Smoke & Red Noses

Guest Spot
Heather Borderie, Manager of the Glendoick Garden Centre cafe near Perth keeps it topical with Pope and Red Nose Muffins

Friday, 15 March 2013

Story on a Serviette

Telling a story is more and more what cafes and restaurants need to do to explain why they are different and worth visiting.  Zizzi's story about their gelato supplier is well told and well communicated via their serviettes.

Thursday, 14 March 2013


The kind of food we all like to eat "in-between times" at Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen in Dublin.  They make the effort to get a speciality of Waterford - a bread roll Blaa - from over 100 miles away every day.  Blaa are famous for needing to be eaten fresh.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Fizzy Seat

 R.Whites Lemonade case seats outside at Dishoom in Shoreditch.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Rhubarb Tart

Albion Caff, Bakery & Foodstore's simple and seasonal rhubarb tart.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Fortnum Pop Up

 Stacie Stewart popping up at Fortnum & Mason.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Keep Mum Sweet

Guest Spot
Happy Mother's Day at the Beach Cafe, Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

8 Layer Pop Up

Guest Spot
Pop up Karantania Deli cafe at Westfield Stratford spotted by Tony McVerry - the 8 Layer cake and Pasta baked Muffins look interesting.  Karantania pop up at market stalls all over the place

Friday, 8 March 2013

Tree Trunk Table

Poser table at Tap in Wardour Street.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Future?

At the end of our London Cafe Tours we are often asked what is the future for cafe design if now it is all about the industrial, retro, natural, recycled, comfortably worn look.  I asked the knowledgeable boss of Matthew Algie coffee's Irish business Lachlan MacGillivray his thoughts and he quoted two examples:
Baker D ChiricoMelbourne Bakery Starbucks Tokyo 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Third Floor Espresso

 Banana bread presentation plus upsell toasted and served with honey and cream cheese at 3FE, Dublin
 3FE in Dublin is serious about coffee - see why 3rd Floor Espresso is called what it is at and how the owner Colin Harmon went from investment banker to one of the best Baristas in the world.
The slot in the table for the menu card was a neat, simple idea.
Coffee tasting menu 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ace Display

Ottolenghi's flagship cafe in Islington - still No 1.