Posts Tagged ‘West Kilbride’

The Corner Cafe, 73 Main St, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland

corner cafeA few weeks ago this new restaurant and takeaway, The Corner Cafe, opened on the corner of Hunterston Road and Main Street in the Craft Town of West Kilbride Ayrshire, Scotland. My husband took me to lunch there recently. The takeaway enters from the corner cafe logoMain Street while the restaurant is entered from Hunterston Road.

When we went in, I was very impressed with the bright modern decor. Also, you can see into the kitchen. I like this, it is clean, tidy and well organised. The Corner Cafe was busy when we arrived for lunch but we did manage to get one last table for two. The table was a decent size, so many modern restaurants have tiny tables for two people.

corner cafe fishWe were also pleasantly surprised by the menu. There were imaginative specials, a variety of light meals and a generous choice of main meals. I was impressed that there was a choice of meals for vegetarians too. My husband swithered with having the fish but finally decided on one of the specials, the chicken caesar club sandwich with fries and extra onion rings. He enjoyed the meal very much. I chose the vegetarian cous cous with roasted vegetables. It was a most unexpected vegetarian option and delious. The portions were generous and there was a lovley choice of cakes and desserts.corner cafe choccake

I am also impressed that the access for disabled people is excellent. The Corner Cafe is a new venture. I recommend it and wish it success.

Valerie Penny

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The Barony Centre, West Kilbride, Scotland

In the Main Street of West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland just around the corner from the train station, is the former Barony Church.  This has been reclaimed for the community by the work and efforts of Maggie Broadley and her team ably assisted by Lottery Funding and local charities.ImageThe building now houses a craft centre, exhibition centre, craft shop and cafe, Barony Bites.  I have attended The Barony Centre for a book launch second publication by the late Mary Strick, Warthog Hotel.  I preformed there with a singing group last Christmas and have visited to enjoy displays and exhibitions. I have also found wonderful, unique presents in the craft shop.  The shop is run by a dedicated group of cheery volunteers who greet every visitor.  However, when I meet friends to go to the Barony, we usually go to the Barony Cafe.

Barony Bites is run by Sheila Maxwell who secured the franchise when The Barony Centre opened.  They are welcoming and friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.  They even kept smiling on the day my singing group accepted their invitation to sing to them and lost them 2 customers!  I really did not think we were that bad!

Their fare, although restricted, is all freshly made.  It is open 7 days a week and the surroundings are bright, even on grey days.  This  cafe is well worth a visit.  I am sure you will enjoy The Barony Centre as a whole and Barony Bites in particular.

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Note: Barony Bites Closed on 28 March 2015.

Valerie Penny

The Cherry Orchard, West Kilbride, Scotland

wkglen_019This bistro, The Cherry Orchard, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland, in the centre of West Kilbride, is tucked between a beauty salon and the Spar and near  West Kilbride Glen, in Orchard Street. The wide windows belie the warm interior where the staff are friendly. Nobody ever feels rushed or unwelcome. The wooden tables and matching chairs are a little dated but functional.  More importantly, the food is fresh and tasty and the home made soups, scones and cakes are all delicious.

The locals support the bistro well throughout the day. This is always a good sign. Whether it be for a breakfast roll and freshly made coffee to go; a relaxed coffee and scone mid-morning to put the world to rights; a delicious light lunch perhaps a burger, baked potato or soup and a sandwich. The restaurant is always a pleasant place to be. An afternoon tea and a piece of cake or an evening meal from a varied menu, taking advantage of the reasonable corkage charges: this is a local little gem.

The worst kept secret in the village!  I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny

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