THE OLD BANK, MAIN STREET
In my book, this is the best soup joint in Callander. My reasoning
has nothing to do with the superb soups on offer, like 'Chicken Broth'
or 'Cream of Carrot with Ginger and Orange' (yum yum). It is because
there is a real fire, and while it is clearly not in use in the summer,
come those cold frosty days it will be quite wonderful to sit in
here and glow with the inner and outer heat of a first class tearoom. Of
course the trouble with a real fire is it is all too easy to get just a
bit too relaxed. It wouldn't be the first time staff have glanced over
in horror to see tired walkers toes being warmed at the hearth, their
steaming boots being coaxed to dry.
MHOR BREAD AND TEAROOM, MAIN STREET
Bit of a gem here. The bakery section sells a great selection of
pies and cakes. If you can manage to pass all these edible treats (I
challenge you to walk past the display cases housing them on your way
out without purchasing something), you will enter the tearoom, a most
pleasant place where you can sample soups like 'French Onion'. One of
the main things I like about this place is the door leading into the
tearoom (it doesn't take much to keep me happy). It's a glorious door
with some age to it, and has the word 'Tearoom' acid-etched into the
DUN WHINNY'S COFFEE HOUSE, BRIDGE STREET
Another place away from the hustle and bustle of the busy main
street. It's a well established Callander coffee house that is popular with locals
whose staple diet includes the thick and wholesome 'Carrot and Lentil'
broth that is often served.
MUNCHY'S COFFEE SHOP, MAIN STREET
A small place on the main street where you may slurp 'Leek and Potato'
or 'Tomato and Basil' and other soups.
PIPS COFFEE HOUSE, ANCASTER SQUARE
A quiet cafe off the main street, on the other side of the road
from the Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre. Usually two soups on,
like 'Split Pea' and 'Carrot and Coriander'.
ATRIUM CAFE RESTAURANT, MAIN STREET
A large modern cafe above a clothes shop (Caledonian Countrywear), much favoured by my
mum, so it must be good. Generally two soups each day, like 'Carrot and
Lentil' or 'Tomato with Basil and Courgette'.
TASTE OF THE TROSSACHS, 12 MAIN STREET
News has reached me of yet another soup-making, soup-slurping
place in Callander. Clearly Callander is on its way to becoming
Soup Capital of The World! Taste of The Trossachs opened in
March 2012, and I haven't yet had the chance to check the place
out. As well as homemade soup, they are 'the only coffee
shop/restaurant in Callander to sell Lavazza Coffee'. So there!
I don't know what Lavazza Coffee is, but it ends in a vowel so
it must be good.