Top Scone

Top Scone is our list of favourite places to get a scone, a cuppa, an affordable lunch or to go for a nice walk or enjoyable activity.
It’s intended for our befriending volunteers to help them find good places to visit with the people they’re working with, but of course anyone might find it useful!



Bean Row Pottery

Bean Row Pottery

Get crafty with clay at the Bean Row Pottery in Falkirk and benefit from the expertise of owner and potter Susan Wade French who has worked with ceramics for over 30 years.

Additional funding from the BIG Lottery allowed us to provide some new experiences for our Third Age Befriending members and we booked in to the Bean Row Pottery for a couple of afternoons. Susan took the group members through a variety of clay techniques and helped them make pinch pots and plates, decorated with slip.

For the majority of the group, it was their first ever experience of working in clay and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Susan’s workshop is cosy and friendly and her adjoining gallery and shop allowed the group members to stock up on Christmas presents as well as creating their own.

Group activities let our clients try out new and exciting pastimes in a small friendly environment. Many thanks to Susan for providing a great afternoon.

Find out more about the Bean Row Pottery

Review: December 2016

Tag: Things to Do
December 29, 2016 at 10:43 am



Freebird Bar and Kitchen

Review by Michele

The Stepping On group visited the Freebird on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

The Freebird opened at the beginning of the year on Vicar Street in what used to be Firkins…and before that it was The Burns Bar.

We were a group of eight, going along for lunch. We were given a lovely large table with plenty of room and the staff were very friendly and accommodating.

The menu is extensive with a variety of traditional pub grub. We loved the lunch meal deal which was soup and a sandwich for a very reasonable £3.95! Members of the group also ordered other meals like fish and chips, steak pie, and sausage and mash. The food was all freshly made, and toasty hot. The portion size was excellent and we found it very good value for money.

The group was made very welcome and would recommend it as an excellent place to go out for a hearty meal!

Find out more on the Freebird Bar and Kitchen Facebook Page.

Tag: Lunch
August 5, 2016 at 9:50 am



Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway

Bo'ness RailwayThe Stepping On group ventured out on a wild and windy Wednesday in May 2014 to the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway in Bo’ness, supported by Stepping On volunteer Stephanie.

As the members arrived at the Station, they were welcomed on board by the friendly staff who had put out ramps into the train to accommodate those with mobility problems. Although we didn’t need it, they also provide a wheelchair for visitors.

As the train set off, the group were invited into the main cab of the train and were shown how it worked. This was very popular with everyone, with one member commenting: “I loved seeing how it all worked, it was fascinating. I think it has converted a good few of us to trains, including us women. We were as interested as the men!”

The train offered a spectacular view of Bo’ness beach and the Forth opening out to the sea. The coaches themselves were large and comfy, if a little cold! But as everyone said – it’s an old train, pre central heating and nobody minded too much.

The trip lasted for over an hour and the group were also shown the Steam Train’s Reminiscence boxes whilst on the train, which was appreciated by everyone. After their ride on the train, the group spent some time watching another, smaller steam train cuffing up and down and looking spectacular in the Spring sunshine. Prices include concession rates and were very affordable , ranging from £2, to a concession at £8 and a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) for £25 (at the time of the visit). Very reasonable for such a lot to see and do.Boness Rail 2

Of course, this was followed by the mandatory trip to a café – the Station Buffet. This cafe, attached to the Steam Railway is spacious and friendly and staff served up a piping hot cuppa for everyone on arrival off the train, to warm them up- they even set up another heater next to our group. The café serves simple homemade lunches at reasonable prices and everyone, to a man, agreed that the homemade soup was outstanding: “A delicious bowl of right good home made soup. I think we all really enjoyed it. Warmed us up a treat!”

Overall, we all thought this trip to the railway was exceptional value for money and a really fabulous day out and would suit any age group at all. As our wonderful bus driver Gordon said: “This is great, I never knew all this was here. I’m coming back with my grandson to see the Thomas the Tank Engine Steam train! I love it!”

Tag: Lunch, Places to Visit
May 20, 2014 at 10:40 am



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
May 15, 2014 at 7:40 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
April 22, 2014 at 11:49 am