Top Scone – Tea & Cake

Gingerbread Community Café

Review by Julie

Gingerbread Cafe ExternalThis is a little gem of a café. Run as a “not for profit” community café, it is friendly, stylish, warm and the food is out of this world! Run by the lovely Ania and supported by trainees and volunteers, it provides fabulous fresh food at great prices. A hearty bowl of home made soup comes in at around £2.20 and the traditional bacon roll rolls in at £1.65!

They also offer a huge and delicious array of panini’s and toasties with prices starting at £3, served with a side plate of salad and crisps. Yum! I can’t even begin to tell you how good their cakes are!! I tried the chocolate cake — WOW! A huge slice and possibly the best I have ever tasted, and I’ve tasted many, many cakes, believe me! As the name of the café suggests, their gingerbread is fabulous – spicy, crisp, melt in the mouth.

The café itself is warm and inviting, popular and busy without being too crowded. It has the usual table and chairs, but they also have a friendly little sofa area, perfect for a cosy chat if you’re popping in for a coffee — made barista style! For those sunnier days (they WILL come, I promise), they have a cheerful seating area outside, so that you can sit and watch the world go by.

Gingerbread Cafe InsideThe café also runs craft classes and local people have a chance to sell their arts and crafts in the venue. The handmade jewellery for sale is gorgeous and the artwork for sale is very tempting and reasonably priced and adds to the overall look of the venue, which is sited next door to the big Co-op store in Greenpark Drive.

Ania and the café also do outside catering — something FDAMH makes use of at our various events and AGM’s — and, like the food at the café, the quality is superb and the prices excellent for what is provided.

So, if like me, you’re looking for a new “favourite café” to frequent, you couldn’t do better than this wee treasure. Just leave some of the cake for me!!

Gingerbread Community Cafe
Unit 5, Polmont Shopping Centre, FK2 0PZ
To book a table/place an order: 01324 578 410
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9-4:30ish

Tag: Lunch, Tea and Cake, Things to Do
15/05/2014 at 8:40 am

Callendar House Tea Rooms

Situated on the first floor of Callendar House, the Tea room is a large, light and airy space with spectacular views over Callendar Park.

The menu includes light lunches of sandwiches and side salads and a choice of soups, with some wonderful additions from historical recipes, such as “clapshot”. The scones and cakes are particularly good and they offer a wide selection of teas and coffees. Prices are competitive and the location and setting really adds to the atmosphere. It’s a very family friendly place, with a wide range of customers.

Members of our Third Age Befriending group visited and said this:

Olive says: “The chicken sandwiches were delicious. They were presented beautifully on the plate, with lots of mixed salad leaves. There was too much for me to finish. The staff are very friendly, so polite! I’d definitely go back. The prices were reasonable, too.”

Mary thought that: “The soup was lovely, just the right size. What lovely views out to the gardens. It’s a beautiful room. The choice on the menu is great, really nice and you can still get a roll and sausage! Lots of space, as well. I’d really recommend this. Can we come back again?”

Denise said; “Yes, the food was great. The soup was delicious and your scone looked good, Julie! Staff are friendly, too.”

Jacquie said:” This is a nice place to come. It’s ideal for bringing friends to, really nice. I thought the food was excellent and a fair price too. You could spend all day in the house and park and have a great lunch here.”

General marks out of ten saw the Callendar House Tea Rooms score a whopping 9/10. Well done!

Tag: Lunch, Places to Visit, Tea and Cake
22/04/2014 at 12:49 pm

The Village Tea Room, Stenhousemuir

17 King Street, Stenhousemuir

One of our volunteers reports:
“A very warm and friendly environment to visit for a quick bite to eat and a chat. Elaine and staff are fantastic and more than welcoming. You could go in yourself and come out having had a chat with everyone in there. Food is to an excellent standard and you get a good choice from breakfast rolls, to panini’s, toasties, delicious homemade soup (which is highly recommended) and last but not least freshly home baked pastries and cakes. It is a lovely clean wee cafe and very cosy. The only down side is it can seem very crowded when it is busy, so at the busy times maybe not best to go with someone who doesn’t like crowds or small spaces. My befriendee loves the place and only downside for her is the seats are triangular so not the comfiest too sit on but you soon forget that when you get chatting to everyone.”

October 2013

Tag: Lunch, Tea and Cake
12/03/2014 at 11:11 pm