Situated right in the heart of Glencoe village just a stones throw from the thatched folk museum is Glencoe Cafe, a delightful coffee shop serving delicious snacks, lunches and cakes.
I can’t quite believe that this was my first visit to the cafe as it has been around for a while. New owners took over at the start of the year, so I was keen to check out the new menu and more importantly their cake counter.
The cafe was busy when we arrived but luckily there was a wee table for two just waiting for us. The menu is comprehensive with a good selection of sandwiches, panini, soups and baked potatoes. Cheese, herb and chive scones also feature on the menu and sound absolutely delicious. The scones are served with Connage crowdie and Argyll smoked salmon (£6.50) or Connage crowdie and the cafe’s own homemade spiced apple and ginger chutney fillings.
Today we both fancied a BLT Ciabatta roll (£3.95) and a cup of coffee from Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters. The perfectly warm and crisp ciabatta roll arrived with fresh lettuce leaves, tomato slices, 2 good sized rashers of crispy bacon complete with a nice dollop of mayo. The roll was delicious and chicken can be added to make it a BLTC if you are extra hungry.
I always keep an eye on the cafe’s Facebook page to see what cakes are on offer as they are made on the premises and always look delicious. They had a good display of cakes and scones today but it was the pineapple and coconut cake that attracted my attention.
I made a great choice as the pineapple made the cake lovely and moist whilst at the same time the coconut made it crumbly – completely moreish.
Mum had a massive chunky triangle of chocolate crispy cake with thick chocolate on the top. The crispy cake had a lovely chewy texture, a world away from the bought in versions often served in other establishments.
The cakes were washed down with a cup of The Wee Tea Company breakfast tea, served in a glass teapot with a little egg timer to tell us exactly when the perfect brew is reached. It’s great to see the new owners featuring lots of different small Scottish food companies on the menu.
The cafe also has a retail area with different foodie products and gifts to browse and buy.
Glencoe cafe is a lovely stop off point if you are visiting Glencoe and will feature as one of the tea and cake options on our 2 and 3 day Highlands and Skye tours. You can check out the tour options at www.youscottishtour.com