Friday, 30 May 2014

Forging the Cafe of the Future

The Forge in Shoreditch is a really interesting example of a cafe that has come of age and includes all the options - coworking space, cafe, lounge, canteen, art gallery, wi-fi, good coffee, juices, beer (from the on-display tanks), wines and cocktails.
 Expect to see more cafes blur the boundaries with pubs, restaurants and social spaces.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Pretzel Boom

 Pretzel and peanut butter brownies from The Brownie Bar
Pretzel eye-level display at Kamps, the German baker, at High St Kensington tube.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Clerkenwell Buns

 Peanut and Chocolate Clerkenwell (not Chelsea) Bun at Granger & Co's new Clerkenwell cafe outpost.  Delicious and made fresh that day.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Happy for a Week

 Starbuck's Happy Hour - two hours for a week with a Frappucino.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Free Treats

Dogs and their owners really can increase your trade.  Large sign outside Wallingford eatery.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Wash N Wag

The Beach Cafe at Wells-next-the-Sea does it again with their appeal to dog owners.  This is their new self service dog wash for sand and seawater-soaked mutts.  9 million dog owners are a serious market to attract to your cafe.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sweet Wrap

M&S introduces sweet wraps

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Cappucino Costs

Allegra's calculation of coffee costs and profit as reported in The Times

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Clerkenwell Cake

Granger & Co's new second outlet in Clerkenwell.  Check out the menus:

Monday, 19 May 2014

Barefoot in Oxford

 Barefoot Bookstore in Oxford has their Storytellers Cafe
 Winner of Junior Magazine's Best Family Restaurant Award in 2013 - see

Friday, 16 May 2014

The Year of the Bun

 Buns are in at Gail's - Cinnamon, Cardamom, Chelsea, Soho (cream bun packed with chocolate chips), Chocolate & Hazelnut and Sour Cherry & Pistachio

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Basket Case!

Frisbee Golf at Craigie's Cafe in Edinburgh - an inexpensive child attraction. 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Marmalade Brownies

Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall and their orange marmalade brownies.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Target Your Advertising

To celebrate getting to 1,000 blog posts over three years and our wonderful readership of  professional cafe operators Great Cafes is trialling some (limited) advertising.  If you have a product - cake, cold drink, equipment for instance - target your advertising by using Google Adwords and specifying the Great Cafes Blog.

Canine Cafe

Craigie's Cafe keeps the canines and their owners happy in a separate outdoor section.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Make Your Own Waffles

Make your own waffles at Cornwall's Watergate Bay hotel breakfast buffet plus step by step guide on the menu.  The kids adored it. Machine and mixture from The Malted Waffle Company

Friday, 9 May 2014

Get Comfy

Craigie's Farm Deli and Cafe in Edinburgh reminds customers that their picnic benches are not for picnickers.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tell Us, Not Tripadvisor

At Hubbox in Exeter and the handmade by human food was excellent.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

We're Awesome

The Vape Lab E Cigarette & Coffee Shop in Shoreditch - an interesting combination.
Bitcoin accepted!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Yesterday's Goods

Chough Bakery in Padstow reinforces the message that today's baked goods are truly fresh.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Mackerel Burger

Great burger and hot dog outlet in an Exeter retail unit with container kitchen
Mack Daddy mackerel burger was good
Great signage and theming

Friday, 2 May 2014

Best When Chilled (as indeed we all are)

Chilled Summer soups - Gazpacho and Pea & Mint - from Pret.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

No Button Pushers

There will always be a debate about the pros and cons of automatic bean-to-cup coffee machines and their barista-operated semi-automatic cousins.  Benugo believe in baristas, not button pushers, as their coffee cup sleeve proudly promotes.