Friday, 31 May 2013

Swedish Princess

Cinnamon Buns - the traditional Swedish treat - at new Swedish Bakery Bageriet in Covent Garden
 Princess Cake - Sweden's national cake with light sponge, custard, raspberry compote and cream

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Any Old Iron

Rabot Estate (part of Hotel Chocolat) in Borough Market sports a counter faced with weathered corrugated iron.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Buy With Your Eyes

 Konditor & Cook at Borough Market - the display above was outside on the street.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Monks & Buns

The Swedish Bakery/Bageriet in Covent Garden is worth visiting.
 Cream Monk - vanilla whip dipped in chocolate.
Vanilla Bun - Cardamon bun filled with cream custard.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Dog & Donations

Dog biscuits with 20p donation to local charities at Ode Cafe, Shaldon

Friday, 24 May 2013

Born Buenos Aires; Baked Borough Market

Alfajores - both home-made and the Havanna brand - now easily found in London at Borough Market.
Argentinian street food at Portena.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sustainable Inspiration

If you want to know the practical ways you can make your cafe sustainable visit the Sustainable Cafe of the Year 2012 - Ode Cafe, Shaldon in Devon.
 Coffee grounds for your garden
 Vegware cutlery
Simple wooden chairs and tables

Wednesday, 22 May 2013


The handwritten label says: Deluxe Cream Tea Ham & Cucumber £6.95.  The chilled scone and cling film says something else.  See more at

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Ode to Joy

Ode is one hell of an impressive cafe - check out their menu(s)
Breakfast, Weekend brunch, Today's Special, Spring and their Sunday 19th May Birthday

Monday, 20 May 2013

Low Cost Ideas

The Eden Project's stand-alone Cafe in St Austell has surrounded a column with four customer-friendly, low cost features:
 1. Book Swap

2. Games to play
3. Retail offer
4. Details of their Big Lunch involvement

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Caught Short

Guest Spot
Claire Martinsen, Founder of Breckland Orchard Posh Pop sent in these signs spotted at The Studio meeting venue in Birmingham.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Sign of the Future

 Electric vehicle charging station at Ode Cafe, Ness Cove, Shaldon

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Footwash & Dry

Garsons Pick Your Own, Farmshop and Cafe in Esher had a problem with customers washing their boots and feet after being out in the fields and tackled the problem with this fancy footwash station.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Toast Local

 Eden Project cafe in St Austell has serve-yourself toast and teacake station.
 Excellent use of local suppliers as you would expect.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Cafe of the Year 2013?

GreatCafes really likes the Ode Cafe in Ness Cove, Shaldon, South Devon.  Set up by Tim & Clare Bouget it is currently the highest rated sustainable cafe in the UK.
 Smart marketing, switched on to social media and a great view
 You enter directly into the kitchen area
 Wood burner and simple communal tabling provides an atmospheric backdrop.
More to follow.

Monday, 13 May 2013

St Austell Project

 The Eden Project's free-standing cafe in St Austell has loads of features and examples of best practice.
 Central open firepit plus discreet messages on every table top

Friday, 10 May 2013

Coat Hook Cutlery

Simple and quirky cutlery coat hooks at Eden Project St Austell Cafe
Corks on nails coat hooks at Ode Cafe, Shaldon

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Traces of Nuts

Not sure this counter sign helps the sale of Coffee Walnut Cake and "This product may contain traces of nuts" is a classic howler.  See more howlers at

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Deliciously Dorset

 Fabulous Leakers Bakery in Bridport with its Jurassic Foot bread and Cheese, Chilli and Beer bread.
 Cheese & Cider Bread
 Jurassic Slice wholemeal bar cake with caramel, choc chunks, apricots and dates
 Deliciously Dorset on the Jurassic coast