Craigend Nursery & Coffee Shop
Tucked away along a tight rural road a mile off the M80, this large and popular café-tearoom offers breakfast rolls, filling lunches or coffee and cake with table service and plenty of choice.
The coffee shop at this family-run plant nursery and gift shop would fit into the hidden gem category were it not for the volume of customers, gazing at the expansive rural vista through huge windows and enjoying good café food. The small kitchen serves a menu of morning and lunchtime fillers including breakfasts, homemade soups, various sandwiches plus more substantial options such as baked potatoes and lasagne, while specials include trendy pulled pork and tex-mex trimmings. Popular is the afternoon tea, a good example of the tradition, with sandwich options and jam scones plus a selection from the cake counter – an impressive homemade array that goes a long way to explaining the café's popularity. From traybakes and gateaux to cheesecakes, traditional fruit pies and gluten-free cakes, the enticing selection may overwhelm but not as much as some portions – the strawberry pavlova could be family size. A good range of Soave's ice-cream, made a few miles away in Muirhead, is available, as are indulgent and popular cold concoctions such as knickerbocker glories.