The Ivy Tea Room, South Street, Bo'ness
Soup
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THE IVY TEA ROOM, SOUTH STREET
The Ivy Tearoom is a basic, no-frills cafe full of real Bo'ness people and fry-ups. But they make their own soup, and that small fact alone is worth its weight in gold. It's usually lentil, and guaranteed to warm any cockles you may have (What - you mean you don't have any cockles... shame on you!).
BRIAN'S CAFE, HOPE STREET
You may glean a good idea of the quality of this establishment if I tell you that during research for this guide Brian's Cafe was one of only three places that offered me a free sample of soup (the others were Relish in Leith and Dun Whinny's Coffee House in Callander). That's just the sort of guy that Brian is: friendly, generous, and a soup-maker like no other. His cauldrons contain traditional Scottish soups that are thick and wholesome and stick to your bones. Wonderful. 2010 winner of the Best Soup In Scotland Award. Well done to Brian, and well done to Bo'ness.
(NOTE - My judgement is not swayed by free soup samples. It is, however, easier for me to form an opinion if a small sample is available, so please bear this in mind if you see me huddled in your doorway poised to ask some complex questions. I might also say that a free sample of ale would not go amiss either. In the trade, a 'free sample' generally equates to six large bottles, so you may seat me at a nice table, arrange my soup and ale in front of me, and retire to leave me to mull things over. Any questions? Good.)
RATING
The Good Soup Guide Award Winner
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