Ayrshire Region

Recommendations
 CAFES AND COFFEE HOUSES RECOMMENDED BY YOU, THE PUBLIC
PLEASE NOTE - THESE CAFES AND COFFEE HOUSES HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND NOT YET VISITED BY THE GOOD SOUP GUIDE.


DUNLOP - CONSERVATORY CAFE, VILLAGE HALL. Open Tuesdays and Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. Good range of soups, from traditionals like 'Vegetable', 'Leek and Potato', 'Onion', 'Lentil' or 'Tomato' to the more adventurous, like 'Red Pepper and Chilli', 'Courgette and Carrot', 'Courgette and Cream Cheese', 'Cauliflower and Stilton', 'Roasted Butternut Squash', 'Aromatic Parsnip', and 'Carrot with Orange and Coriander.' Such an excellent range must surely mean Dunlop is a good place to pass through on your way to, for example, Irvine or Kilmarnock. There is a small story that goes with this recommendation. Around five years ago, the council reckoned there was not enough money to renovate the Victorian hall in the village. There was no wheelchair access, no toilet facilities for the disabled, the kitchen needed completely modernising and structural work was required. A small number of people formed a committee, and with a lot of hard work and support from the local people £500,000 was raised within two years. All modernisation as above was completed and a substantial conservatory with modern kitchen was added. This is completely run by volunteers, and soup and home baking is made by people who have an interest in keeping the village hall open for the many clubs, social events etc that take place. Thank you to Penny for giving me this information. I think it is important to tell this story, for amidst all the talk of social decline and fragmented communities that lack spirit, there are people fighting back, fighting to keep that spirit alive. It is a spirit that blossomed during the two Great Wars, a spirit that infused each person in a community with pride in their neighbourhood, and it is a spirit that, when linked with core topics like the use of local produce or the caring for those around you, will be the key to taking this country out of the doldrums and into a new era of optimism. That's what I reckon. And if anyone wants to argue, I'll set the elves on them.