MacMillan Coffee Shop ( Last Assessed 2014)

awardAbsolutely stunning drive through the Perthshire countryside on this Bank Holiday Easter Monday . Todays first Assessment was in the beautiful setting of the Ganochy Trusts Woodland Park and the fab volunteers at this very busy Coffee and gift shop. We decided to stay for lunch as the setting and the weather were on our side. I have to say the average age of the volunteers (and this is by no means a discrimination comment -quite the opposite) was about 60 plus and the speed and efficiency was enough to put the younger generation to shame. I was truly blown away by the cleanliness,atmosphere, service,location and most of all food that was served to us today . I had the Chicken broth and was immediately transported back to my Grans kitchen and the same flavour and use of ingredients that she would have used . A lovely array of baked Sponges,Scones and all manner of traybakes were on display for all to see as you enter . They have outdoor seating which means pets are welcome here also. Anyway i digress - The Cakes were then shipped in to my table . A mouthwatering and light Blueberry sponge - oh simply devine. A Chocolate Cake - again hard to get the texture right in most places but this was moist and actually tasted of Chocolate . A lovely Cherry Scone, Chocolate and Cherry Slice and Cherry Bakewell slice were just all perfect . My admiration goes to this whole project where the proceeds go to a much needed Cancer Charity - MacMillan. There should be more places like this that give all ages the experience of working in a motivated and inspirational environment. More power to your elbow Folks - i will be back soon !! Well done and be proud.

Hetties Tearoom

awardHetties Tearoom
93- 95 Atholl Road
Pitlochry PH16 5AB
Tel; 01796473991

Today was the most dreech drive through some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland . Pitlochry is about a half hour drive from Perth and is just the most beautiful old fashioned and classy town in the middle of Scotland . On arrival at Hetties I was introduced to Claire the very" "hands on owner ". Claire escorted me to my table and furnished me with some of the best cakes I had eaten in the last week - Buttery Caramel Shortcake ,Gluten free bakewell ,Apple and Cinnamon Scone ,Carrot Cake and Lemon Drizzle sponge . Yum . The quaint Tearoom reminded me of how tearooms used to be and should still be in todays age . The glass front window was full to bursting with some huge Home made Cakes enticing the most discerning of customer in through its doors. A lovely pit stop on our way through central Scotland today and a well deserved winner of our SHBA.

Gloagburn farm

Gloagburn farm cafe near Perth was a welcome stop on our return from the north of Scotland this weekend.We entered the farm with a fantastic view of wild boar roaming the fields and ducks a plenty.There was even a circular cage with tiny baby chickens for the kids ( Although i was just as excited as the kids) You enter the cafe through the farm shop with plenty of the usual and if i may say LARGE fresh vegetables and fruits .There is a well stocked deli type shop before the cafe ,which stocked many different and unusual foods and gifts . I bought some hand painted and crafted egg holders and some unusual chocolates .On the way in to sample more Homebaking on this marathon trip i was stopped by the huge platter of Wild Boar and Sage pasties - well yes you guessed it was purchased and enjoyed thoroughly whilst watching the "Living boar" in the fields outside. It was so good i couldnt manage my normal taster of cakes but they were plentiful and looked an excellent standard. maybe next time Gloagburn i will return to sample the cakes on display. Well done keep up the good work.

Gloagburn Farm Cafe
Tibbermore,Perth PH1 1Ql
Tel ; 01738 840864
Awaiting Re-Assessment instructions -Please contact Melanie on 07855825367


Renewed 2013
10 St Johns Place
Perth , PH15 SZ
Tel; 01738 441202

winner2013This charming little vintage style tearoom was a welcome stop today in Perth. An aptly named curiosity shop / tearoom with olde worlde charm.Lovely lace tablecloths on all the tables with china cups and vintage cutlery sets this tearoom apart from the rest . If you can manage to walk past the vast display of mouthwatering cakes as you enter then you have started well. The young and very friendly staff welcome you on arrival with beaming smiles . If you can then actually walk past all the wonderful old fashioned displays of crockery,antiques and bric-a brac then you have managed the second hurdle . I managed to sit eventually and ordered a lovely leaf peppermint tea which was served with a beautiful array of Homebaked cakes all made by the wonderfully talented Angie (Whos age we will not divulge) The cakes were all fresh and mouthwatering -excellent. Not open long this little quaint Tearoom has already attracted customers of the extremely ancient kind- even Ghostly!!!! A must for lovers hankering the best of days -"The good old days " I will return !!

Baking with Melanie Andrews

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