Scotland’s lochs are a great setting for wild walks and epic teas. Here, scones and the creamiest butter at Monachyle Mhor, in Perthshire, Scotland. Their coffee cake looked tempting, too…
Creperie La Normandeliere in Bretignolles sur Mer, in the Vendee, in France, has such an impressive array of desserts, it’s hard to pick just one… our table plumped for this strawberry and cream concoction and was not disappointed.
Best of British
All across the UK, great cafes are springing up all the time, from the Scottish highlands right down to Surrey. Here’s a delicious granola, fruit and yoghurt bowl at Beryl and Pegs in Reigate… and the cooked breakfasts are just as impressive
Most important meal of the day
A delicious healthy bowl of muesli, fruit and yoghurt, served up at the Hula café, 103 West Bow, in Edinburgh. Everything else there looked pretty appetising, too…
One of our favourite places anywhere. Mhor 84 is the funky, younger sister of Monachyle Mhor hotel. A roadside former motel in Callander, close to the Rob Roy route, it serves up great food all day long, including some grand afternoon teas. This was a martini which kicked off a great dinner.
New York’s Brooklyn is a foodie destination itself now, with its craft beer bars, gourmet breakfast cafes and then small restaurants like this one: the Lobster Shack on Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint. Our hotel, the Box House, gave us a list of recommendations: we want to go back to work through it.
Straight from the garden
Cycling along one of Spain’s old railways tracks near the Costa Blanca you end up in the village of Algimia. A small B & B called El Secanet serves up some really different kind of Med food, like this salad with edible flowers and citric fruit.
Almost everything you eat by the sea tastes especially good and this plate of mezze was easy on the eye as well. It was on the menu at the cafe on Kara Incir beach, Datca peninsula, Turkey; a family-friendly sandy cove.
Galicia has some of the best seafood in the world. Restaurants usually serve up sharing platters of crab and shellfish, steamed or grilled, with lemon on the side. Some flex their molluscs more: here, mussels with a parsley sauce, at O Bruño’s, in Cangas.
Salty and sweet
If you’re staying down south on Spain’s Atlantic coast, you’ll see lots of seafood starters on the menus. This octopus dish, with a tangy salsa, was served at lunchtime in the poolside restaurant at the Hotel Barcelo Sancti Petri.
Meringues and mhor
Mhor 84, Perthshire, Scotland
At Mhor 84, good food keeps getting produced all day. We dropped by for a coffee and soooo wished we had had room for one of these as well. Just look at those meringues…
Juices in a jar
Soulshine Cafe, Bridport, Dorset, UK
Healthy eating’s on the menu here at this buzzing café serving up vegetarian food, cakes that taste like they’re good for you… and even live music. See their Facebook page for details.
New York coffeeshop
Toby’s Estate, Brooklyn
Toby’s Estate scours the world for the best coffee and then serves it up to Brooklyn hipsters, along with mashed avocado on toast and perfect poached eggs. Also have branches in Manhattan. Macbooks and beards optional
Tables with views of the Med
Blau Porto Petro, Mallorca
This resort hotel boasts one of the best locations on the island if you’re looking for peace and quiet and an almost private beach. Buffet breakfast/dinner served up with fabulous sea views
Meals on wheels
Little Green Van, Portobello Beach, Edinburgh
Parked on cool Portobello Beach (voted one of the dog-friendliest places in the UK), the owners of the Little Green Van rustle up warm treats in the winter (think mushroom and rosemary soup) and hand out fresh wraps and ice creams in the summer. Such friendly folk, they’ll lend you a cushion for the sea wall and even rustle up a gourmet treat for your pooch!
Beach Café, Portobello, Edinburgh
It’s no wonder queues form year round at the lovely Beach Cafe: this table is literally groaning with delicious cakes and buns (made by local mums), while an equally scrumptious-looking stand caters for gluten-free clients. Anyone for an organic ice cream? A velvety vegetarian soup? Or a smoked salmon sandwich on seaweed sourdough? Just make sure you walk far enough along the beach first, to deserve what’s on offer…
Cafe Comercial, Madrid
One of the Spanish capital’s most historic cafes underwent a revamp in 2017, reopening with a classy retro decor in its buzzy new restaurant. Kick off with the traditional on-tap Vermouth.
Foraging for salads
Sidreria Asquas, Madrid
Now and again, this gorgeous salad pops up on Spanish menus. Wild chickweed, served here with sliced tomatoes and Serrano ham, lightly drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil.