The Woodhouse Coffee Shop – Kippen

The Woodhouse Coffee Shop may not be in Glasgow, but it’s well worth the journey to enjoy a leisurely lunch. Three of us visited on Valentine’s Day, and while it was busy we didn’t have to wait long while the helpful staff organised a table for us. The seating area has recently been extended, and it’s easy to see why. Despite it’s location, The Woodhouse was bustling on a cold Saturday afternoon.

The menu is a nice size – plenty of choice but not overly busy. I would have tried practically everything on the menu if you’d let me, however I finally opted for the Mezze Board, which included hummus, marinated feta, roasted peppers and lovely warm pitta bread. The hummus was definitely homemade, and the feta was perfect. The other two  chose the Deli platter and the Fishy Fishy platter, meaning we could each have a bit of everything (all the more for me!). The Deli platter came with some nice cured meats, three different cheeses and a fresh chunk of homemade bread, whilst the Fish Board comprised herring, smoked salmon and a mackerel pâté, all to be enjoyed on slices of dark rye bread.

No complaints over any of the food then, but what of the surroundings? The interior is clean and cosy, and there is a clear emphasis on recycling. It’s charming to read that all the tables and chairs are made from diseased trees which used to stand on the land, and even the cushions are made from old family jumpers. None of us used the toilets, but I can only imagine they were as clean and perfectly formed as the café itself.

I desperately wanted to stay and sample some of the delicious looking cakes on offer, but we resisted temptation and left, having a quick look round the goods on offer in the farm shop before we headed out.

Excellent food, friendly staff and good value for money – I can safely say we’ll be making our way back to The Woodhouse very soon.

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