Delicious food at Chimes, Forres

If there is one thing I love as much as coffee and cake, its a tasty bacon roll, and Chimes in Forres offers some of the most delicious bacon baps I’ve ever had.

Chimes has a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere | Credit: Chimes

Chimes is a lovely and quaint cafe/restaurant, that also offers an outside catering service.

I went there this week for a nice relaxed breakfast, where I had amazingly juicy bacon in a soft roll with a wee dash of tomato sauce.  My lovely wife Debbie, who isn’t a big meat eater, opted for vegetarian sausage in a roll, which she said was delicious.

Chimes pride themselves on using locally sourced foods for their breakfast, lunches, snacks and fresh baking, which I believe is a great ideology to have!  They also offer a range of tasty gluten free, vegetarian and vegan food, cakes and drinks.

I had my usual coffee on my latest visit to Chimes, but I have to recommend the amazing Mint Aero Milkshake that they have on their menu.  The sweet tooth in me absolutely adores it!  It is a delicious blend of chocolate and mint goodness, and makes the perfect combination of dessert and cold drink.

I can also highly recommend their delicious home bakes – from their tasty brownie to their scrumptious cakes – everything they produce is top notch!

Chimes offers delicious home bakes, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options | Credit: Chimes

The cafe/restaurant has a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, which makes it the perfect place to chill out and enjoy some good food and good company.

The staff at Chimes are always very friendly and happy to help, and seem to always find time to humour me with a little chat.

You can visit Chimes from 9am to 5pm everyday.  To find out more about Chimes and they’re catering service – which I have never tried but if it is as good as the cafe I’m sure its fabulous – on Facebook or via their website.

Chimes is less than a 15 minute drive from your stay at Carden Cottages, so you could even take your bacon roll to go and eat it while gazing upon our gorgeous lake that is only a tiny distance away from our cottages.

 

 

Try something new at Café Fika, Forres

One of my favourite places to sit back with a cup of coffee and do some work is Café Fika in Forres.

Café Fika is the perfect place to relax and unwind | Credit: Fika

 

The Swedish style café serves lovely organic and Fairtrade filter coffee, organic teas and organic hot chocolate.  They also offer cakes and biscuits, that change daily, that consist of gluten free and vegan options.  There are also delicious homemade Swedish style cinnamon buns available for a special treat on Fridays.

If you fancy more than a quick cuppa and a cake, they also have vegetarian and vegan soups, homemade sourdough, with vegetarian quiche and salads available on Thursdays and Fridays.

Café Fika offers a great range of vegan and vegetarian food | Credit: Fika

 

This café is a great alternative stop from the usual food and drink served in cafés.  It doesn’t serve your usual lattes, mochas, cappuccinos etc, but what you do get is a tasty filter coffee that is refilled, a range of teas and a lovely organic hot chocolate.

On my most recent visit I had my usual cup of coffee to fuel me for a bit of work and a nice vegan Brownie, because sod the diet!  The Brownie had lovely flakes of coconut in and felt a lot less sweet than a regular Brownie, therefore I didn’t feel so bad about breaking my diet.

The owners of Café Fika are a lovely couple who are always happy to have a nice chat.  You are guaranteed a warm welcome at Fika, as well as a full warm cup of coffee, as the staff will top up your cup for free!

The constant coffee refills and the relaxed atmosphere in the Swedish style café makes it the perfect place to relax unwind, switch off from the outside world or stick your head down and get some work done.  There isn’t too many tables, so it is never overcrowded or overly busy, which helps with trying to relax or trying to concentrate.

Café Fika is uncrowded, making it the perfect place for both working and relaxing | Credit: Fika

Café Fika is also a great place to inspire creativity.  There are regular poetry readings from local poets, a great alternative way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Beautiful artwork by Swedish illustrators line the walls as well, which are great to admire while you enjoy your coffee.

Café Fika is only a 15 minute drive from your stay at Carden Cottages, and there is free parking not far away.

 

Great customer service at The Loft, Kinloss

This week I ventured over to The Loft in Kinloss for a business meeting – and in search of the perfect coffee!

The Loft Café from outside | Credit: The Loft

Having recently had my mind opened to the incredible world of a Cortado, I wanted to find out if one of my favourite cafes that I visit regularly could provide one for me.  This option wasn’t on The Loft’s menu, but the wonderful Gayle was kind enough to make one for me anyway.

After a quick Google she knew exactly what she was doing and the next thing I knew I had the perfect Cortado sitting in front of me.  The coffee was made exactly how I hoped it would be, with the exactly right balance between coffee and frothy deliciousness.

The Loft Coffee Cortado
Gayle going out of her way to make me my Cortado!

As I’m (trying) to be very healthy lately, I only ate a little cheese scone on my visit.  It was fresh out the oven and smelled incredible.  Because it was still warm from being freshly baked, my butter melted perfectly into the light and fluffy scone.

My colleague, who was being considerably less healthy than me, decided to have a big slice of chocolate cake – probably just to make me jealous!  According to her, it was delicious, melted in the mouth and had beautiful rich icing.  I think I have had enough cake from The Loft to take her opinion as a fact, as every cake I have had from there has been stunning.

Crispy cake at The Loft Kinloss
Some of the tasty cakes from The Loft

Although the coffee, scones and cakes are all amazing at The Loft, it is the friendliness and kindness of the staff that really takes the café to the next level.  From Gayle going out of her way to get me the Cortado I had my heart set on, to Bill the chef passionately talking us through all of the great soup ideas he has – the staff are there to brighten your experience from the moment you step through the door.

If you want to find out more about The Loft Café and the delicious treats they offer you can visit their website, Facebook page or Instagram.  They are also more than just a café: they offer activities, host events such as concerts, and even work as a wedding venue!

It is also in a prime bird-watching spot and is close to many local attractions, from beaches to museums.

Best of all, you can find all of this at just a 10 minute drive from your stay at Carden Cottages.

Take some Time Out at one of Forres’ best cafes

One of my favourite spots for a spot of coffee and some cake in Forres is Time Out Café.

Outside Time Out Cafe Forres High Street
Time Out Cafe is located in the centre of Forres | Credit: Maria W

My most recent visit to the café, which is conveniently located on the High Street, was for business rather than pleasure – but that didn’t stop me thoroughly enjoying my time there.

Time Out is a great place to visit when you want to get some work done, but in a relaxed and informal setting.  The combination of tables and booths creates a laid back atmosphere to the café, which can really help when you’re having a mental block.

Hard work can build up quite the appetite, which is probably part of the reason my bacon roll went down so quickly, but this was also largely due to the fact that it was so delicious.  The bacon was juicy yet crisp, cooked exactly how I like it.

 I washed my food down with a mug of delicious white coffee, the perfect drink to compliment a bacon roll and to keep my brain functioning properly while doing work.

The café also offers fresh home bakes, including mouth-watering Danishes which are always my go-to at Time Out when I am there for a light snack.

Time Out Café have Delicious Home Bakes | Credit: Time Out Café

Time Out also offer a full lunch menu including everything from soups, sandwiches and toasties to burgers and macaroni cheese.

Aside from the great food, one of the main reasons I enjoy my trips to Time Out is the great customer service from the lovely workers.  They are always there to lend a helping hand, even when the café is packed full – which it often is as it is a very popular spot.

To top it all off, the prices are more than reasonable, but make sure you bring your cash with you as they do not accept card!

The café is only a 15 minute drive from Carden Cottages and I would definitely recommend giving it a visit if you find yourself visiting any of the sites in Forres, such as Sueno’s Stone.