TROON IS FESTOONED WITH COFFEE HOUSES AND CAFES. NEVER HAVE I SEEN SO
MANY. DURING MY DAY THERE I WOULD FURTIVELY JOT THINGS TO DO WITH ONE
COFFEE HOUSE IN MY NOTEBOOK AND LOOK UP TO SEE ANOTHER. THEN ANOTHER.
HECK, I WAS RUNNING OUT OF INK. SO, IF I'VE MISSED A FEW HERE, THEN I
APOLOGISE, BUT SPACE SIMPLY DOES NOT PERMIT ME TO LIST THEM ALL. I
SUPPOSE THE ONE THING TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS IS THAT THE PEOPLE OF
TROON VERY MUCH LIKE THEIR CHUCK.
C GULLS FAMILY CAFE, 12 CHURCH STREET
Bit of a gem here. It's a family-friendly cafe very much geared towards
the whole clan, Ma, Pa and the weans. There are high chairs for wee yins,
low chairs for big yins, board games, a play area, and loadsa fun to be
had. Good soup too, like 'Cream of Mushroom' or 'Pea and Ham.' C
Gulls is a first rate cafe. [Check
out C Gulls website HERE.
NUMBER THREE, 3 CHURCH STREET
Used to be Strawberry Cushion, now the Number Three Coffee Shop
and Eatery with a nice modern and shiny interior. Two soups on
each day, like 'Lentil' or 'Sweet Potato and Carrot'.
THE POPPY ROOM, 9c CHURCH STREET
An excellent coffee house in which I managed, not for the first time and
undoubtedly not the last, to embarrass myself. There was a lovely
coconut smell on entering. I imagined some sort of Thai soup being
concocted behind the scenes, but on enquiring was informed that the
smell was from an air deodoriser plugged in by the door. Sigh.
Come on guyesses, if you're making good food you don't need an air
deodoriser - get rid of the thing at once! Anyway, as well as some tasty
grub, you can have bowls of 'Chicken Noodle' or 'Carrot and Orange'
BARISTA COFFEE BAR, 35 PORTLAND STREET
In here, a customer overheard me asking complicated questions like, 'Vot
zort of zoop do you haf? Anszer ze question!' and recommended the
establishment's soup to me. Always a good sign. It was difficult
determining what sort of soup she had, as her bowl was so shiny that I
suspect she had licked it clean. This is a small cosy place that serves
soups like 'Lentil' and 'Tomato and Bean.'
VELVET APPLE, 20 PORTLAND STREET
An outstanding coffee house with a small deli section. Their soup range
is excellent, with varieties like 'Sweet Potato with Rosemary and
Garlic' (yum yum). The aim of Velvet Apple, as proclaimed on a
blackboard, is to 'provide simple, uncomplicated food from good quality,
fresh, local ingredients.' And that really says it all. This is the
place to go.
WEE HURRIE, HARBOUR AREA
Apart from a load of boats, this is about the only thing in the
harbour. You've got to make your way through an industrial area
piled high with freshly-cut wood to reach it, but it's a trip
worth making, for the Wee Hurrie is a gem. It's a tiny take-away fish and chip shop selling
everything from mushy peas to tempura thingymabobs, cullen skink soup,
and all manner of mouth-watering edibles from the sea. You've got
to try their chips - they're huge chunky jobs, fluffy on the inside and
crisp on the outside. Superb.
COOKIE JAR, 43a PORTLAND STREET
Guess what they make in here? Not soup... it's... yup, you guessed:
COOKIES! Yehhhh!! This is
one of those great small shops that you occasionally chance upon in
life, and one in which you invariably wish to take a little bit of it
away with you. When I was there, they were bringing freshly-baked scones
out of the oven and the smell was gorgeous. As well as the stuff they make
in the shop, like scones and cake and tablet, they stock 'Award-winning ice-cream made by Mancini's of
Ayr.' You can even order a giant pizza-sized cookie with a personalised
message. A little sweet piece of heaven.