Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Delicious At Any Hour

 Kedgeree is just part of the retro street food landscape.  What the Dickens!'s stall at Kings Cross.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Kid Appeal

 Good kids offer at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by caterer Peyton & Byrne
 Healthy options with planty of eye appeal

Monday, 29 July 2013

Coming to a Tesco Near You?

 Harris & Hoole's flagship in Cannon Street has a good looking food offer.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Dirty Laundry, Clean Hair & Coffee

Guest Spot
Interior Designer Katie Danson spotted this Belgian design studio which combines a launderette, a cafe and a hairdressing salon to create a place where customers can get a drink or a haircut while waiting for their washing.  See more of the story and photos at

In London, Katie also spotted LilyMaila Hairdressing salon and Cafe - no launderette yet.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Bun It and Fork It

 Pulled Pork is always popular and EAT serve it in a bun or in a pot.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Whoopies still Whooping

Whoopie Pies may not have taken off here in the UK but Kookybakes (seen here at Kings Cross' Kerb street food pitch) has some great products - Malteser and Salted Caramel Whoopie Pies
 Red Velvet Whoopie Pie
 Strawberry Cheesecake and Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies
 Peanut Butter Cup Whoopie Pie plus their Signature Slice

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

On-Site Roaster

Peyton & Byrne has an on-site roaster at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and makes sure it is well on view. Larger cafes will be considering the appeal and aroma of installing such units.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Coffee on Cannon Street

Harris & Hoole's flagship in Cannon Street is worth checking out.  You order at the counter but all coffees are made at four stations beyond the order point - impressive and they must be anticipating major volumes.

 We (and the staff) like the personalisation of the operation and it is part-owned by Tesco!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Looking after the Little Ones

Bright and appealing kids food display at Wakehurst in West Sussex operated by caterer Ampersand.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Fake Fire at Great Guardian

 Fake fire at #guardiancoffee pop up cafe at Boxpark, Shoreditch provides some focus and ambiance plus beautifully clear menu boards.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Trugful of Sandwiches

 Attractive and appropriate sandwich presentation with linked crisp sales at Royal Botanic Gardens outpost Wakehurst Place by caterer Ampersand.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Lavender Lemonade

Company of Cook's Herbfest on the South Bank has displays of herbs plus notes of what food and drink items they can all be used in.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Muddy Boots (and BBC Radio Interviews) Welcome

Rydal Hall's Old School Room tea shop in Cumbria welcomes the walkers and dog owners.  See my local pub's welcoming signage

Chris was interviewed last night on the BBC on 'What makes a Great Cafe?'.  The clip from the Mark Forrest programme, syndicated to most local radio stations and 1.6m listeners, can be downloaded at BBC Radio Interview with Chris Brown

Monday, 15 July 2013

Ice Cream Plus

An obvious combo where you have an espresso machine, ice cream, strawberries and the current heat.  Bravo to Benugo for offering Affogato (espresso coffee with ice cream) from their mobile unit in the forecourt of the British Museum.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Printed Cups

 One way to personalise your cups.  Attendant hand stamps every cup.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Royal Cafe

The Cafe Royal's new Regent Street cafe has some great individual items -a best selling £5 strawberry cheesecake plus their version of apple struzel.
It's not all fancy marble and prices - check out their £1 wattleseed shortbread biscuit wedges.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Snack Bombs

 Sea salt snack bombs and Vanilla pecan bars from Bittersweet Bakers at the Attendant cafe.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Guardian Pop Up

 #Guardiancoffee is a pop up cafe at Boxpark, Shoreditch operated by Nude Espresso with some fun ideas.
Tables with tablets plus wide screen summary of top drinks, tweets and photos.