North East contributor and sweet-tooth Amanda Connelly picks out the best places for cake in Aberdeen – and one in Aberdeenshire.
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Tucked away just off Belmont Street, Cup is right in the heart of the city centre, and with its modern yet eclectic furnishing, this gorgeously quaint, self-described artisan tea salon is a real favourite with students, families, couples and individuals alike. It can get pretty busy around lunchtime, however what’s a 15-minute queue for all that cake? All teas, coffees and food are served on individually unique, vintage-style crockery – it’s almost too pretty to eat (we said ‘almost’!).
The shiny glass cabinet stuffed full of fine pieces, scrumptious scones and mouth-watering meringues is enough to make anyone hungry, but it’s Cup’s afternoon tea that’s the real showpiece. Their chocolate afternoon tea is to die for: Nutella toasties, chocolate-dipped strawberries and selection of chocolate tray bakes are just some of the goodies on offer. Take a table for two and enjoy an afternoon tea with a friend, or grab an orchid vanilla tea with a slice of lattice apple pie and sit and watch the world go by on Belmont Street.
9 Little Belmont Street (01224 637730)
The Coffee House
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Cosy and intimate, The Coffee House has a real homespun feel to it with its chalkboard menus, fairy lights strewn across the ceiling and secluded window seats. Whether people-watching from the window benches or just soaking up The Coffee House’s warm, chilled atmosphere – a welcome change from Aberdeen’s usually chilly weather – it’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries when you’re in town mid-shop.
A choice of any hot drink and cake is yours for £4.55 (pretty reasonable in a city like Aberdeen), and a range of freshly baked goods is available with something new on offer each day – all the more reason to come back. Their lemon drizzle slice is a sure-fire winner, however: a moist sponge and perfectly sweet icing, all with just the right amount of tartness of lemon. What’s more, with all their goods homemade or sourced as locally as possible, tucking into that extra slice of cake just got that little bit guilt-freer.
1 Gaelic Lane (01224 478621)
Rosie Thistle’s Tea Room
Situated in Aberdeen’s West End, Rosie Thistle’s Tea Room is a colourful little gem. Its quintessentially Scottish tartan décor is both welcoming and familiar, and it is the ideal space not only for spot of lunch; it can also be hired out for functions or meetings till late.
Afternoon tea is served on beautiful vintage cake stands from £10.50pp, and with a selection of home baking also on offer you’ll be spoiled for choice. Their vegan chocolate cake is a must and the array of pretty cupcakes, garnished with a substantial swirl of frosting, are irresistibly good, making a visit well worth your time.
31 Thistle Street (01224 632445)
— Foodstory (@FoodstoryCoffee) June 13, 2015
A hand built café made almost entirely from recycled materials, Foodstory prides itself on its organic, homemade and local food and channels an authentic feel to not only its physical design but also to its food. With its rustic, quirky interior and laid-back vibe, it’s hard to remember at times you’re right in the city’s west end; it’s an eco-friendly little nook amidst a city so heavily reliant on oil.
Their breakfast and lunches are wholesome and healthy but their cakes are simply divine. There’s always something far tastier about food that’s homemade and done with a labour of love, and that’s something they have in abundance at Foodstory. Larger cakes like their orange and fig or berry lemon cakes are best enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee, whilst their snack-sized bites (little round ball shapes including flavours such as goji berry, cashew and coconut, and ginger and chocolate) make for a quicker nibble. With many of them also organic, vegan or sugar/dairy/gluten-free, there’s no excuse to not have seconds.
15 Thistle Street
The Coffee Apothecary
Dedicated to combining high standards with ethical food and drink, the award winning Coffee Apothecary is located outside the city centre in Ellon, Aberdeenshire in a converted Post Office shop owned by Edinburgh couple Ali and Jonny Aspden. Despite it not being the most central of locations, it’s well worth travelling out if you want to make a day of it.
True to its name, The Coffee Apothecary’s staff must surely be dispensing some kind of magical healing powers into their tea and cake: sitting on the stools by the window, the sun on your face, a hefty slice of cake and a latte beside you, you’ve never felt better.
Udny Post Office, Ellon (01651 842253)