Archive for April, 2011

A VERY ROYAL AFTERNOON TEA

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

OK so when we first heard about the Royal Wedding, our first reaction was …“no way we’ll be jumping on that bandwagon!” anyway as time has gone on we’ve come to appreciate the event for all its cheesy and kitsch potential and so… we’ve done a complete U-turnroyal-wedding and we’ll be donning our union jack bunting etc. with the best of them.

In order to celebrate Wills & Kate (sorry Catherine)’s nuptials, we’ll be serving a ‘Royal Afternoon Tea’ on the Day of the Royal Wedding. Served on commemorative Charles & Diana and Kate & Wills cake plates, the afternoon tea will consist of a selection of yummy cakes, mini sandwiches and chocolate dipped strawberries. All washed down with pitchers of our delightful summer drinks range including homemade lemonade, strawberry mint cooler. We will also be selling our usual cake selection from the cake counter including some ‘royal’d-up’ cakes and cupcakes.

Aside from this, expect framed pics of Liz & Philip, more union jacks than you can shake a stick at (and if we manage to rig it up properly) the whole event televised right here (ha ha!)

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EASTER = LOTS OF CAKE ACTION

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Sooo, its nearly time for the first bank holiday … woop de woop! Quite frankly easter for a cake shop is a dream come true! We’ve got a whole load of stuff for you to to stuff your faces with over the holiday period. Naturally, we’ve got the obligatory chocolate action (think bespoke easter cupcakes, homemade chocolate swirled meringues and our very popular peppermint creams) but we’ve also got some lovelyimg_3919 treats for those who will want some respite from all the chocolate overload. We’ll be serving up hot-cross scones (our twist on the Easter favourite) every day throughout the Easter holidays and easter biscuits that simply melt in your mouth (they taste seriously good with a brew!)

What’s more.. we will be serving up our Easter mini cupcakes in lovely giftwrapped eggboxes – perfect gifts for your nearest and dearest!

We will also be selling all our Easter wares at the West Didsbury Farmers Market at Withington Hospital on 23rd April … looking forward to seeing you there!

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PRESERVING THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF WEST DIDSBURY

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

When we were looking for a place to set-up shop, and ultimately call ‘home’ for And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon, if we’re completely honest ‘community’ probably wasn’t no.1 on the shopping list. Footfall, good rent, right target market were all things that we frantically ticked (or not) of our list when we viewed each property (we viewed many…we were searching for 2 years!). However, since opening our doors 6 months ago, we’ve come to realise just how important a local and independent business community is to the survival of a business and what a fab thing it is to be part of.

Nowhere is independent spirit more prevalent than on Burton Road in West Didsbury … you will struggle to find a more diverse, interesting and unique set of businesses crammed into such a small cross-section of roads in Manchester. Westfest (organised by the fab Didbsury Life) is the much-loved yearly festival knees up that takes place on the road and it epitomises all that is best about places like West Didsbury and why residents and businesses alike choose to live and work here.

When we heard about a threat to all of the above in the form of a proposed residents parking scheme, naturally we were worried. The implications of the council’s proposed scheme are wide-reaching and go far beyond the simple goal of residents being able to park easily outside their own homes.

The ultimate consequence of such a scheme could be a serious reduction in visitors to the area, closure of businesses, empty retail units and the loss of vitality and spirit that makes West Didsbury what it is.

Please read more about this scheme at www.savewestdidsbury.com and fill in the consultation form online. Alternatively pop in and see Helen & Pete at Didsbury Life for more info. Your opinion and voice will make a difference.

Thanks!

P.S. We’re not serious very often but we thought this warranted a ‘serious voice’ this time. More light-hearted on the next blog … promise!

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