I like to think of myself as a cafe connoisseur.
Many a Saturday is spent hunting down a cafe I’d read about or one that had been recommended.
If there is a nicer way to spend a Saturday than in a cafe with a good book, good friend or trashy magazine I haven’t found it.
I’ve frequented most cafes in Falkirk but one not on the done list was the recently taken over Junction Cafe in Larbert.
Adjacent to the train station and housed in the former Clydesdale Bank building along with an estate agent office, the bright and spacious restaurant had been beckoning me to come in for a long time and on Tuesday I finally got my chance.
Despite giving my mum - a fellow cafe connoisseur - brilliant directions, she couldn’t find it. Distracted by the large Homes 4 U board outside, she failed to spot the entrance to the cafe on the main road.
After a phone call and accusations of my directions being rubbish, we settled at our table for a quick mid-week lunch. The busy cafe sees a brisk trade from the near-by offices and commuters with many coming in for take aways while others took advantage of the comfy sofas and chairs to sit in.
The menu offers the cafe staples - sandwiches, toasties, baked potatoes, breakfast rolls and wraps as well as delicious Italian coffee and a large selection of cakes and baked goods.
They bake fresh plain and fruit scones on the premises every day served with fresh cream and jam and the soup is always homemade and changes daily.
We both opted for paninis, me with brie and cranberry while my mum went for Coronation chicken and large mugs of coffee. The dishes were beautifully presented with sides of salad, coleslaw and crisps and service was prompt despite the busy time of day.
After our mains, we decided there was room to try a cake.
The selection changes regularly and this week’s included a frosted carrot cake, freshly baked scones and more chocolate covered cakes than even a heavily pregnant woman could manage.
The millionaires shortcake and rocky road slice went down a treat, followed by yet more coffee.
The Junction Cafe was taken over at the start of the month by employees Jo Maycock and Michael Gibson, both from Larbert.
They had only owned the cafe for two weeks when we paid them a visit so they haven’t implemented many changes yet but if it ain’t broke why fix it?
With a warm, friendly atmosphere, plenty of comfy sofas and reasonably priced delicious food, the cafe is a treasure for the village.
The Junction Cafe is open Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To order in advance call 07957 463994 or 07549 539573.
The Junction Cafe, 1 South Broomage Avenue, Larbert
07957 463994/07549 539573