Willows Coffee Shop, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry - interior in 2012
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 WHERE TO FIND GOOD SOUP IN BROUGHTY FERRY
WILLOWS COFFEE SHOP, 146-148 BROOK STREET
Broughty Ferry is not that big, but it has loads of coffee houses, of which Willows is but one. It is a modern corner place that is busy with locals and visitors alike. Generally two soups each day, like 'Lentil' or 'Curried Parsnip' (yum yum).
GRACIE'S, BROOK STREET
Another cosy, well-run and busy establishment. It used to be Brambles, but has now changed hands. The interior is very pleasant, and you may while away an enjoyable period of time slurping soups like 'Green Pea and Bacon' or 'Thai Sweet Potato.' There's usually one meat and one vegetable soup on each day. Gracie's is a very good place.
ROBERTSON'S CAFE, off BROOK STREET
This cafe is attached to Robertson, Specialist Butcher & Delicatessen & Bistro, on Brook Street, so there is a good selection of ingredients available for the pot. Maybe it's because I visited the town on a Saturday, but yet again this is a busy cafe. There can be three soups on at any one time, like 'Cream of Cauliflower', 'Cream of Asparagus', or 'Lentil & Ham'. The deli is excellent, offering a palatial feast of everything that is good about Scottish food and drink, and if you choose to wander through for a look you may find it nigh impossible to leave without buying armfuls of edible goodies.
FISHERMAN'S TAVERN HOTEL, FORT STREET
A superb old tavern with a totally relaxing atmosphere. There's even wooden retainers on some of the tables in case the wind outside gets so strong that things start rocking and rolling around. In fact, if the weather's particularly bad, all you really need to see of Broughty Ferry is the castle and the Fisherman's Tavern. Soup's excellent, with varieties like 'Pea and Ham' or 'Cream of Mushroom'. Just superb.
THE GALLERY CAFE, GRAY STREET
This is a small and fairly basic cafe attached to an old traditional Broughty Ferry bakers. The bakers Goodfellow & Steven have been around in the town for a long long time, as far back as the Victorian period, and the shop frontage in Gray Street still retains the big old letters of their name. Even the painted 'Tea Room' sign above the entrance looks like it has some considerable age to it. In the cafe there's just one soup each day, like 'Chicken and Vegetable broth', as made in the nearby bakery premises in Broughty Ferry.
JESSIE'S KITCHEN, 3 ALBERT ROAD
I'm afraid I missed Jessie's Kitchen when in Broughty Ferry. I wish I hadn't, because on appearances alone it very much looks like a three-hippo job. But it not only looks good, the variety of soups they make and serve is out of this world. They have two vegetarian soups on each day, including such delights as 'Pea and Mint', 'Lebanese Lentil and Apricot', 'Onion with Cider and Tarragon', 'Tomato and Roasted Aubergine', 'Sweet Potato with Orange and Cumin', and maybe a regular 'Broth' now and then, although judging by the excellent soup varieties there's going to be nothing regular about it; it's going to be gooood. Jessie's Kitchen is part of Turriff's Garden Centre and Farm Shop, so they have a good source for the vegetables used in their soup. Can't wait to get there.
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Gracie's, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry - interior in 2012
Robertson's Cafe, off Brook Street, Broughty Ferry - interior in 2012
Goodfellow and Steven, Gray Street, Broughty Ferry in 2012 - home of the Gallery Cafe
The inside of Broughty Ferry's Fisherman's Tavern bar in 2012
Jessie's Kitchen, 3 Albert Road, Broughty Ferry - interior in 2012