After passing Shy Violet countless times during trips to the town centre, last week I finally paid the Glebe Street cafe a visit.
The cafe is on one of Falkirk’s most interesting streets, with only independent retailers creating a boutique atmosphere just yards from the High Street.
After looking at the Christmas window displays on the way down the road, we entered Shy Violet, as my son announced he had spilled juice all over his buggy and his behind was wet. So I deserted him in the restaurant with my friend to run to Asda, where I could only find space pyjamas to fit him.
He was delighted at the purchase and thought they matched his dinosaur wellies perfectly.
Yes, it was one of those days, but thankfully my luck was changing.
Shy Violet is owned by Lizzie Watson, who after managing various cafes, decided to open her own business and thought Glebe Street was the ideal location for her boutique restaurant.
Named after her daughter Violet, a pupil at Carron Primary, the cafe just celebrated it’s first birthday and is open six days a week and available from private parties.
Selling a huge array of home baking, star baker Lizzie only uses local suppliers for the produce including Marshalls Bakers for the bread, Myrtle Coffee in Fife and rolls and Browns Butchers in Stenhousemuir for the meat.
The miserable weather outside made Jacqui decide on the homemade carrot and coriander soup with a chicken tikka panini and I had the brie and cranberry panini. The cafe also does a selection of cooked rolls, sandwiches and baked potatoes but Harrison decided on his current favourite, a half portion of macaroni cheese served with a slice of garlic bread - a bargain at just £3.50.
The panini was served with a side salad and coleslaw and were perfect for warming up after the torrential rain and bitter wind while Jacqui praised the home made soup and delicately spiced tikka panini.
Harrison was more interested in playing with the pole that supports the cafe roof than eating his lunch, but he eventually scoffed most of the plate so was allowed a cake from the impressive selection. On our visit there were various types of scones, Mars bar crispy cake, cupcakes and sponges, as well as empire biscuits that I’ve since heard are among the best in town.
I had a slice of Oreo traybake which was delicious, white chocolate chunks with broken up Oreo cookies and a dark biscuit base. It was a decadent treat and the large slice was almost too much. Almost.
Harrison chose a slice of carrot cake, but then made friends with a lady at the next table and decided entertaining her was more important than cake, so it was wrapped up and taken home for my husband who agreed it was fantastic. A moist sponge with lashings of grated carrot and a decadent cream cheese frosting.
Shy Violet is a beautiful place to enjoy a coffee and light meal or cake, the staff are warm and friendly and the produce is fantastic.
They also make cakes for special occasions, specialising in unusual cupcake designs for birthdays and baby showers.
Falkirk boasts a bustling cafe scene, but Violet’s is not shy in adding to the great selection.