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.