We are over the moon to have been judged as the winners of the Regional Final in the fabulous VisitScotland #ThistleAwards which means we now go forward to the National Finals to be held in March 2020 in Edinburgh.
15 years ago when we opened the café, you could eat really well in Scotland but it was very expensive to do so. We wanted to try and change that and make our menu far more accessible.
Over recent years we have seen the Informal Eating Out scene in Scotland develop hugely and we are honoured to have been judged to be at the leading edge of this crucial sector within Scottish hospitality.
Our use and promotion of Scottish Ingredients and marketing the wonderful foods Scotland has to offer in the café has played a major part in our success as a business and in this competition.
On this subject, we recently carried out some customer market research, gathering over 600 responses. One of the questions that was answered most positively was with regard to customers valuing Scottish ingredients on the menu and a massive +80% said this effected their choice of place to eat out.
What a privilege and pleasure to have once again made the cut as regional finalists of the @VisitScotland #ThistleAwards 2019
This award recognises informal eateries that offer locally and sustainably sourced, well-made affordable food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Over recent years, the informal dining sector of the Scottish eating out scene has grown rapidly and as a result the bar, in terms of standards has been set far higher! This has resulted in more and stiffer competition for ourselves in these awards but most importantly a far better range of affordable options for the many thousands of tourists and visitors to Scotland, which is of course a great thing for Scottish Tourism.
We will attend a ceremony towards the end of November when we will find out if we have progressed to the National Finals, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us! We hope this year will be our year!
None of this would be possible without our fantastic and hard working team, our top quality and collaborative suppliers and of course, you our loyal customers.
Thank you to everyone involved.
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.