We were delighted to hear that our traditional Clootie Dumpling had won a star at the 2019 Great Taste Awards. This is the first time that the famous traditional Scottish pudding has won a star since 2015. @Greattasteawards
As proud members of VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best scheme we are proud to use and promote our fine Scottish suppliers.
Our recipe uses top notch Scottish ingredients including free range eggs from Balvicar Farm near Oban, @ScotlandtheBread organic flour from Fife and milk from @TheWeeIsleDairy on Gigha. @GreencityWholefoods in Glasgow supply the mountains of dried fruit! The dumpling is steamed for 5 hours and cannot be rushed.
We are working on having our dumpling available to order in the café and online before Christmas and we will advise when this happens via social media and the press in due course.
In the meantime, here’s some photos of the award winning Clootie Dumpling and Sarah Heward, cafe owner with the clever baker Cat, who bakes it!
A fabulous result for us at The Scottish Woman’s Enterprise Awards in Glasgow when the café picked up the award for The Best Rural Based Business. We were treated to a glittering awards evening packed full of representatives and owners from a diverse and broad cross section of industries, all owned and run by woman and an inspiring keynote speech from Wendy Hallett.
Our award was presented by John Finch, Head of the Adam Smith Business School and Professor of Marketing at Glasgow University.
The award recognises the unique challenges a remote business has to deal with and the isolation the owner can encounter. The Scottish Woman’s Enterprise is a network aimed at supporting, inspiring and encouraging women in business.
#WESAwards #WEScotland #Insidermag @insidermag
Announcing our inaugural Gluten Free Fortnight 13 –27 October 2019
The Real Food Café launches Gluten Free Fortnight and builds on the back of its 5th successive A grade as a Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer...
A consistent and continued commitment to serving top notch, award winning GF Fish & Chips recently resulted in us attaining a 5th successive A Grade as a Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer. Naturally we are delighted and very proud!
Having established a successful track record for popular Gluten Free food over the past decade we will be holding our inaugural Gluten Free Fortnight event from 13 –27 October 2019.
During this event we will be launching a new and even more delicious batter mix, made in Glasgow, by the same company that has made our regular batter mix which we've served since the day we opened, Kerry Food Service. @Goldensheafbattermixes, @Kerryfoodservice
We will also be launching Goldensheaf Dinaclass GF Curry Sauce which will be a new addition to the GF menu. During GF Fortnight there be a complimentary tub of GF curry sauce for every customer that orders a standard or large GF Fish and Chips.
We shall also be trialling new GF menu items such as GF @MacsweenHaggis and chips, Tofu marinated in Chipotle @Tabasco and chips and @thesausagemanuk GF smoked sausage and chips. Plus we’ll be holding product tastings and a tombola to raise funds for our 2019 nominated charity @toilettwinning.
CLICK HERE to see our event flyer and also keep an eye on the website and social media for further updates.
We are delighted to launch our new recipe Shortbread made with flour from Scotland The Bread who are reintroducing traditional wheat varieties in Fife and also milling them in Scotland. The variety we are currently using is Rouge d’Ecosse which hasn’t been grown in Scotland since the 19th century. We are sourcing this flour through GreenCity Wholefoods, a workers coop based in Glasgow. We are also using all Scottish butter from Graham’s Dairy in Bridge of Allen.
In these times of GM and mass produced, highly engineered food, this is a genuine antidote and its delicious!
This year the 7th June was National Fish & Chip Day, a celebration of the nations favourite dish and all things fish & chips.
We had lots going on at the café, much to delight of our customers, because we love to get involved as proud members of the Fish & Chip industry and the National Federation of Fish Fryers.
We featured a Fish Feast special with MSC sustainable and fully traceable Battered Haddock, Breaded Lemon Sole and a Hake fishcake, all served with our homemade tartare sauce and mushy peas.
We also sold Loch Crenan Oysters supplied by The Caledonian Oyster Company based in Oban which were served deep fried in a Tabasco batter or au natural with Tabasco and pepper in sets of 3 or 6. These proved very popular as can be seen in the photos below.
The famous hot sauce, (Tabasco) donated lots of prizes and so we were able to hold a lucky dip for customers buying the Fish Feast to win tee shirts, beach towels and of course bottles of the famous sauce itself!
Our oysters were opened and served by a professional oysterman which lent great theatre to the occasion and was much photographed and enjoyed by everyone, the first 100 of whom got a free taster oyster served with our compliments.
For those stopping for a cuppa and a piece of cake, we made beautiful special Limited Edition cupcakes with £1 from the sale of each going to our nominated charity, @toilettwinning to help our quest to build 100 loos in Malawi this year.
Then to close off our activity organised around National Fish & Chip Day, Colin and I were delighted and privileged to be asked to return to Oban High School once again. We spoke to 3 classes about careers in Hospitality and in particular what the benefits are to choosing the The Fish and Chip industry to work in.