I have walked past the Lodge Coffee House on Braid Road quite often and never managed to find time to go in. Today, after a terrific walk on the Braids and through the Hermitage, we sneaked in for tea with friends.
It’s a real wee gem: cute tablecloths, a range of lunches and cakes and really friendly service. Overall it is the ideal spot for a treat at the end of a walk through the nature reserve and it is no wonder that the place always looks busy at peak times and is proving popular.
This little coffee shop manages to fit in a good few tables in its tiny interior and then has more space outside with picnic tables and window service. We were really lucky to get a cosy table inside.
After the Christmas period, the kitchen had a bit of a backlog – the downside of being so popular – and we went in quite late in the day, so the cake selection was a bit depleted. However, the gluten eaters had some great rice krispie cake and cookies, while the coeliacs in our party enjoyed some freshly baked chocolate cupcakes which, although they were still waiting for their icing, were actually delicious and moist without it.
When normal life resumes after the Christmas break I was told that usually there is a good gluten free selection including: blueberry and poltenta cake (this sounds good!); chocolate cake; cupcakes and brownie. The daily soups are gluten free and there is also a sandwich option. So for such a tiny place, they are big on GF!
This is a great place to enjoy after a walk and while it is cute and small, if you have been walking or when the weather is warmer, the garden is a lovely spot to sit outside. Even better, they are dog friendly as well as coeliac friendly! It’s definitely worth factoring the Lodge Coffee House into your walk plans.