Now that we’re semi-retired, we get to explore a little. Perhaps that’s over-stating it as we do sell online and have to be around to manage the orders, but if we didn’t afford ourselves the luxury of day-trips, life would be a little boring.
So far this year we’ve visited two different coffee shops. The first was in Broughty Ferry. We went to the amazing Visocchis – Italian Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlor, Broughty Ferry in Gray Street. As it was just after New Year, there weren’t many places open and the place was jumping. We were lucky, though, and found a table for four. Visocchis specialise in pasta and pizza and their own, delicious home made ice cream and cakes. I ordered lasagne and the others ordered Paperdelle Visocchi and Fettucine Al Salmone – rave reviews all round. The ice cream deserts met all expectations, too. Would we go back? Definitely!
The next day, we decided to visit The Smiddy at Doune – run by the Blair Drummond Estate. It’s brand new (opened just before Christmas 2016) and looked interesting, set back from the junction of the A84 and A873. The building is brand new and nicely laid out. Walking through the farm shop and gift shop, you come to the dining area which has a view out over open fields.
I had the steak pie from the lunch menu – while Sandy had one of the specials, gammon steak, egg and chips. Both really tasty.
Sitting and watching, the staff were very attentive and food was made to order. We did notice that some diners were getting a little impatient waiting for a soup order but again, it was a busy day and the staff were obviously dealing with orders as they came in.
We would go back again!