Kitschenbake, Newport-on-Tay

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A warm welcome into the living room of the Newport-on-Tay community

Description

Kitschnbake, Newport
Along the Boat Road in Newport-on-Tay, overlooking the mighty River Tay, you’ll find a remarkable community-based café called Kitschnbake.

When Ann came up with the idea for Tearoom Explorers one of her straplines was ‘there’s more to life than Starbucks’. And as we sit in the ‘living room’ of the Kitschnbake, we feel a long way from the corporate multinationals. The mismatching tables and chairs and eclectic china selection, where Noritake bumps saucers with Royal Worcester, give a sense that Kitschnbake is the living room of the local community.
Behind it all is Mary Jane, or ‘MJ’ as all the team affectionately call her. On the day Ann and I visit, MJ is sitting on the wall interviewing potential new staff. Martin, a key member of her team, tells us what she will be looking for – someone with a sense of humour and who is kind and compassionate. “It’s like being part of family here – we know people by name, and they are more than our customers – they are our friends.” Some of the regulars are from the neighbouring Scotscraig sheltered housing. If staff notice one of their regulars hasn’t been in, they will pop by with some soup or a scone.
The cakes are famous. What started the business going in 2010 was when MJ made some cakes for the green room at the Dundee Literary Festival. Three years, and many happy orders later, MJ opened her premises in Newport and the café has gone from strength to strength. Much of the baking is done on the premises, including the scones and triple chocolate brownies. Ingredients are sourced locally, where possible. The jam served with the scones is Sarah Grey’s jam made in Carmyllie, Angu. The hot chocolate is from the Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem. Meat is provided by Scott Brothers Butchers, Dundee and other items from Clarks Bakery in Broughty Ferry; Fisher and Donaldson in Dundee and Barnetts Bakery in Anstruther.
The café serves excellent tea and coffee provided by the East Kilbride company We Love Coffee. In fact, you can take away a bag of the blend of arabica and robusta served here. We Love Coffee also provide the teas served in Kitschenbake, including their Scottish brew, camomile, Earl Grey, berry and peppermint.
Alongside the freshly-baked cakes are places to contribute to the food bank and posters for local events. As we leave this buzzing meeting place, we feel confident its future is warm and bright.

Additional information

Great For

Families with young kids, Accessible for wheelchairs and prams, chatty lunch

Things to Look Out For

Locally produced crafts includings cards; range of gifts; husband for sale sign; also for sale 'We Love Coffee' brand of coffee that is served in the cafe