Best Catering Facilities - Jessie's Kitchen at Turriff's Garden Centre

Ross and Jacquie Turriff opened Jessie's Kitchen at Broughty Ferry near Dundee on 27 June 2011. They were keen to add a catering facility to the family-run garden centre, so opened up in two rooms in a mansion house connected to the centre.

Best Catering Facilities - Jessie's Kitchen at Turriff's Garden Centre - image: Tunriff's GC
Best Catering Facilities - Jessie's Kitchen at Turriff's Garden Centre - image: Tunriff's GC

The space used was once Ross' grandmother Jessie's house. The dishes are made in her old kitchen. She was a known for being able to feed hordes of family at short notice. Ross says he will never let standards slip because the cafe bears his grandmother's name.

The cafe offers breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, coffee, loose-leaf tea and home baking. A local chef helped form the menu. The Turiffs grow a lot of produce at the garden centre, less than 50 yards from the kitchen.

They converted a flat into a cafe with toilets and kitchens. Planners, building control, environmental health and fire department were all helpful. Local tradesmen helped get the cafe open and after a year, the 42-seat establishment had turned over more than £250,000.

A third room is due to be opened that will give 50 per cent more capacity. The cafe is 2012 winner of the Scottish Homebaking Award. Trip Advisor and Facebook reviews have been positive.

- Judge's comment

"A great start-up. Well done" - Paul Pleydell

Finalists
Blackbrooks Cafe
Timmermans Belle and Joe's Kitchen
Waddesdon Plant Centre Glasshouse Cafe
Eastfield Garden Centre Shed Cafe
Lowden Garden Centre and Farm Shop

Highly Commended
Fermoy's Cafe


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