Friday, 28 November 2014

Artisan Bacon

courtesy of well-travelled retail guru John Stanley.  See his blog post at

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Changing The World

Our final post from Vancouver - an impressive city for change, the environment, sharing cars, electric trolleybuses and some great cafes.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Mac N' Cheese Crisps

Mac N' Cheese and Cinnamon Bun flavour crisps will no doubt be here soon.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Famous for Buns

Great value, freshly made Chinese buns - Pineapple red bean, coconut, custard - in Chinatown, Vancouver
Ham & Green onion bun, Hot Dog bun, Chicken bun

Monday, 24 November 2014

Breakfast Pizza

Sciue Italian Bakery Caffe features breakfast pizza at five Vancouver locations.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Charge Here

Free mobile, ipad and laptop charging point at Gatwick airport - popular.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Roller Menu

Greenhorn Espresso Bar, Vancouver has all its menu on brown paper rolls suspended on the wall.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Stylish Baguettes

Finch's Tea House, Vancouver is a shabby chic joint known for their elaborate sandwiches and baguettes.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Wine Bars → Cafes

Sign of the times - Gordons Wine Bar next generation open an all day dining room and cafe close by the original Villiers Street premises.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Salad Selection

Simple, excellent salad selection at Pinewood Studios run by Genuine Dining

Friday, 14 November 2014

Half Price Half Hour

Great way of proving you sell fresh food and keep wastage to a minimum.  See also

Thursday, 13 November 2014

It's Not Just Coffee

Range of Caffe Nero cold drinks - Mango & Passion Fruit, Raspberry Orange & Green Tea, Iced Italian Lemonade
Coffee & Caramel, Coconut & Chocolate, Strawberry & Vanilla, Banana & Caramel.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Boutique Breakfast

Freshly squeezed orange juice and the offer of bucks fizz or bellini at the Villa Magdala Boutique B&B in Bath.
Range of jams, spreads and marmalades - simple inexpensive touches that make a good breakfast Great.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Thoughtful in Bath

See the flour, smell the bread, feast on Beetroot Bread, Bath Buns and Sourdough.
Thoughtful Bakery, Bath -

Friday, 7 November 2014

Funky Feel

 Thornham Deli and Cafe in Norfolk get the distressed, funky, inexpensive, corrugated iron wall covering idea.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Weird Unique Voodoo

Voodoo doughnuts in Portland, Oregon courtesy of retail guru John Stanley.  See his blog post where he says:
This is a one-store operator, not in the best retail location, that only accepts cash, will not give cents change, and you have to line up to be served for at least 30 minutes!
This is not what I would call a strategy for a destination retailer. Yet, I lined up for my Bacon Doughnut…AND I do not eat doughnuts. 
This shows what being “weird” can do. Establish something unique and the consumer loves to experience the unique. 95% of what we do in retailing is the same as the next retailer who does what we do. 
The really successful retailers do the 5% that is unique. My challenge is what is your Voodoo factor?
 The Voodoo Effect

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Baking Bill

Great simple idea from Fitzbillies Cafe, Cambridge - bills are presented in a baking tin to reinforce their reputation for baking.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Good Simple Buffet

Great simple conference buffet menu spotted at Georgian Court hotel, Vancouver.
Healthy, colourful and really well commented upon.