The Real Food Café in Tyndrum is taking a squatting stance against consumerist driven Black Friday by raising funds for the charity Toilet Twinning – renaming the day “Cr*p Friday”!
The café is one of a growing number of philanthropic organisations using the day, usually associated with unadultarated consumerism to highlight the needs of others. Beginning on World Toilet Day (Sunday 19th November) and running until Black Friday (24th November) the café will be raising money for the second year running for the world toilet twinning project which is working to bring safer sanitation and clean toilets to the 1 in 3 people who are without across the world.
The Real Food Café team have made special muffins with brilliant blue icing and the Toilet Twinning’s squatting man for the occasion; and £1 from the sale of each £2.85 muffin will be donated towards building a toilet for a community that needs one: the equivalent of a Black Friday discount. Customers can also buy a Real Food Café travel mug for £8.50 and receive a muffin free, with £2.00 going to the charity.
The Real Food Café’s owner Sarah Heward, the driving force behind the campaign, says:
“Most of us take having a clean toilet to use for granted but one third of the world’s population don’t have somewhere safe to go to the bathroom. The cost to build a toilet and install proper sanitation to a community is just £60 and last year we twinned all the toilets in the café with a toilet in Malawi through our fundraising. This year we hope to continue to help flush away poverty; and when better to help others who have nothing than a day when we’re encouraged to overspend on ourselves.”
The Real Food Café team are no strangers to helping a good cause, holding an annual Boxing Day Dip to support local charities, and hosting riders of the Breast Way Round in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. An iconic stop on the West Highland Way, much loved amongst outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and locals alike; The Real Food Café goes the extra mile in the community and for its customers. Award winning fish and chips, a Coeliac UK accredited gluten free menu, an electrical car charger, and handmade dog biscuits for their four legged guests are just some of the things that things that make this roadside diner a little bit different to the average pit stop.
It's o-fish-al - The Real Food Café in Tyndrum has the best Gluten Free Fish & Chips in Scotland. The café has been recognised at the Free From Eating Out Awards 2017, where it 'battered' the competition to be awarded a Gold Award in the Fish & Chip Shop category.
The awards, which are now in their fourth year, are run by FreeFrom FoodsMatter and encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the FreeFrom food service industry. The ceremony was held at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands.
The Real Food Café was the only Fish & Chip shop in Scotland to be short-listed, and the only Gold Award winner to be accredited by Coeliac UK, the national charity for people suffering from gluten intolerance.
Judges from the Free From Eating Out Awards visited the café incognito and put to the test, not only the taste of the gluten free fish & chips, but also the knowledge and skill of staff members with catering for special dietary requirements. The judges commented that “The food was delicious and the portions were huge! … I got the feeling they take gluten-free seriously.”
Sarah Heward, owner of The Real Food Café, commented on the win.
“Being a roadside café we welcome people from all walks of life, and part of that is accommodating and catering for different diets. We are very proud to have been accredited by Coeliac UK and I’m delighted that our dedication and that of the team, to providing safe gluten free meals has been recognised at these awards.”
Gluten free Fish & Chips at the café start from £6.50 for a snack portion, and are served with coeliac friendly mushy peas, homemade tartare sauce and even gluten free vinegar.
As well as Fish & Chips and other chip shop favourites the café serves an award-winning selection of home baking; including its Gluten Free Chocolate Fudge Cake and Fruit Scone, both of which have previously been awarded a Great Taste Award.
Roadside diner with a difference The Real Food Café, Tyndrum won the award for Fast Food Destination 2017. The Real Food Café has been serving high quality fast food since 2005 and has previously won awards for its home baking, soup and fish and chips. The café recently introduced a new grab and go kiosk for the convenience of the hundreds of thousands of hikers, mountaineers, dog walkers and runners who descend on the national park hotspot each year.
The Scottish Food Awards Spring Dinner, which was held in May 2017 at The Principal Hotel in Edinburgh was organised by the team behind the prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards and has Scotland’s doyenne of dining Lady Claire Macdonald as its patron.