Some days the stars align, the luck lords smile on you and everything seems to go your way.
Then there are days like last Friday.
After dealing with the toddler biting the dog, scrubbing yet more crayon from walls (where is he finding these crayons?) and a mammoth meltdown in Morrisons, the last thing I wanted to do was take said unruly toddler to do a restaurant review.
But my luck swung after getting to Coffee on Wooer.
The coffee shop opened last year and has built up a loyal customer base, holding open mic nights and spoken word events, as well as serving the self proclaimed ‘best cup of coffee in town’.
I went along with my son and friend Jacqui to sample the menu and was surprised to find they serve far more than the usual coffee shop suspects.
As well as sandwiches, soups and cakes, Coffee on Wooer serves antipasti and some of the best Scottish beers, with ales from Tryst Brewery in Larbert and Brew Dog in Aberdeen as well as hand-picked wines.
Unfortunately, I was on a detox in preparation for the obscene amount of alcohol and cakes I plan consuming in the second half of December, so had to pass on the delicious beer but did have one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted.
Jacqui and I both went for antipasti platters, Jacqui going for the meat platter and me the bread. The meat platter was piled high with, well, meat. It came with chorizo, proscuitto, cheese and various breads while mine was an Atkin’s lovers nightmare with three types of bread, sunblush tomatoes, humus and oil and vinegar.
Harrison isn’t an antipasti fan, but he was more than happy with the blueberry cheesecake flavoured muffin.
Coffee on Wooer sources local produce where ever possible, with meat coming from local farms, vegetables from Hogan’s Fine Foods and baked goods from local bakers including Marshall’s in the next street.
When we arrived a musician was just setting up, who kept Harrison entertained with ukelele renditions of ‘Wheels on the Bus’. He was transfixed, allowing us to eat.
The quirky looking coffee shop wouldn’t look out of place in Glasgow’s West End while the new fairy lights on Wooer Street - which are to stay permanently - create a lovely atmosphere. The staff, warm and friendly, couldn’t do more for their customers.
I’ll certainly be back - once my self imposed drinking ban is over - to enjoy the surroundings.