Friday, 31 October 2014

Making Much of Halloween?

Cafes in Tokyo really feature Halloween. Have you?
Our Great Cafes Blog readership travel far and wide to get those cafe stories - many thanks to Claire Martinsen of Breckland Orchard drinks.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Walk with the Ghosts

Clever, simple idea from the cafe at Stubbings Nursery  - fiendish meal in the cafe plus guided spooky saunter round the ghostly grounds at £10 child/£12 adult.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Itsu Autumn Dishes

Itsu and some of their 16 Autumn dishes including Garden Shed on a Bed.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Melon Juice

Raw watermelon juice.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Long Life Muffin

Perhaps we can forgive the long life chemicals in Alaska.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Smelling the Bacon at Heathrow T3

Always best to underpromise and overdeliver.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pork Pulls

Pork & Co in Canterbury takes full advantage of the popularity of pulled pork.
Warmed brioche buns
Excellent condiments - four sauces and nine toppings

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tom's Kitchen Deli

French toast, Blueberry pancakes and homemade waffles at new Tom's Kitchen Deli in St Katharine Docks in the City.
Almond & Orange gluten free cake
Chocolate fudge cake and Deep cocoa & walnut Brownies
Blackberry Doughnuts, Raspberry & Poppy Seed Muffins, Fig Tarts
Banana, Pecan & Chocolate cake and Palmiers

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Keep It Clean

 The cruise ships know how to minimise the dreaded spread of novovirus - How to Wash Your Hands instructions, hand cleaning machines and sanitizer by the help yourself buffets
 plus messages to exit the toilets by using a paper towel to open the door.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Costa Competition?

Will Lavazza challenge the UK market leader?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Five Guys Sourcing

Potato sourcing details plus fun noticeboard and this is a chain.  What are you the independent cafe doing to proclaim your sourcing credentials (and have some fun).  All the research shows that storytelling and communication of feelings (and not just experiences) is what customers appreciate.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

19 Grammes at 93 Degrees

Artigiano in London with detail of their perfect shot.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Matcha Tea

Matcha (also spelt macca) green tea is becoming the new super drink.  Matcha is finely milled green tea powder as used in the Japanese tea ceremony.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Watch Out Bars: Cafes Are Coming

 Caffe Brixton cafe bar, Vancouver and a trend we are already seeing over here - great coffee, good alcoholic drinks and a trade that carries on through the evening.
 Unpretentious drinks storage/display
 All day cafe bar menu

Monday, 13 October 2014

Heston at Heathrow

 Perfectionists' Cafe at Heathrow Terminal 2
see the menu at

Friday, 10 October 2014

Till Rental

£40 a month gets you rental of a simple, easily-programmable till system with its own battery that event caterers and cafes are using for pop up carts and more. From a company that knows a fair bit about contactless card payment systems

Thursday, 9 October 2014

How Artisan is Artisan?

 The Exeter Street Bakery has passionate bakers.
 Not so sure about this unit inside an exhibition centre

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lucky's Doughnuts

 Gourmet fresh doughnuts at Lucky's, Vanvouver

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Meet Shony, Dulse & Kombu

Shony, Dulse and Kombu are types of seaweed and coming to a product near you. Bread, cheese biscuits, shortbread - seaweed is getting into a whole range of bakery items.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Juice It

 Boost Juice Bar at High St Kensington has array of blenders on the front counter - eye catching and obvious what they are about.