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Review of Cobbs cafés at Hilton Community Centre and Inverness Botanic Gardens.

Unfortunately although vegan cake and flapjacks exist (see allergy list below), they are not available in any café outlet locally, only mail order as a full tray (ready to defrost) and the cake is collection only from the bakery (frozen). There was a recent change in recipe for the empire biscuits making them no longer vegan, they now contain eggs. This is such a shame as this used to be the only café desert and now there is none.


I contacted the Director of Cobbs and this is part of our long communication.
"We do not sell the chocolate cake, as there is no demand for it (apart from a lady in the village occasionally), as for the other two Glasgow Uni is our biggest customers of these lines, outwith them" I do not know who buys them..
However after my reply I got this.
"All vegan products are available to buy through our food service partners, however it is down to the individually cafes/delis to order them, so if you have a local café that you use then please make them aware of our products or put them I touch with me, and I can arrange for a rep or some prices for them."
(This communication started as Hilton Community Centre had tried to order in the flapjacks and each time got sent non vegan ones. So it seems that they don't' supply there own outlets as they don't' think they will sell! Little do they know. All they would have to do is drop leaflets off at Holland and Barrett and let the local vegan group know we would soon advertise it and put it in our new forthcoming guide. I don't understand why they bothered to make a cake and then only sell it to someone in Drumnadrochit! The cake of course would not just sell to vegans, but to those on a dairy free diet and a cholesterol free diet.

Archies Café, Hilton Community Centre, Open Mon-Fri 9-4 and Sat 9.30-4
Luckily this branch has a state of the art kitchen and vegan soup is made on the premises. There is a daily vegan soup, sometimes two. Unfortunately no sandwiches or other savoury choices apart from jacket potato and baked beans with side salad. Soya milk available for drinks tea and coffee. Hot chocolate contains milk, so can't be vegan. There is lots of lovely syrups to make hot flavoured soya milk however.

Several daily soups with one or two choices daily.
Soup is served with white baquettes or oatcakes (brand changes, so check if they are vegan)

Carrot and Coriander served with white baguettes (no butter)

Potato and Leek served with white baguettes (no butter)

Scotch Broth with white baquettes (no butter) 

Vegetable Soup with white baquettes (no butter) 
Sweet potato and roast vegetable
I have also had yellow split pea soup

They also let you have soup on top of jacket potato if you ask. This one was lentil and vegetable.

Other vegan choices 
crisps
fruit
grapes

DRINKS
There is soya milk, so you can have tea, coffee, but unfortunately the hot chocolate contains milk. There are also syrups for the coffee, or to add to soya milk for a hot flavoured soya milk.

soft drinks - lots of choice including a Barr fridge where every drink is vegan.

lolly
So overall a bit better than some cafes that only have jacket potato and beans, as there is daily homemade soup. Would be better if they actually did a sandwich choice and of course cake!!
The staff are really friendly and like a bit of good banter with customers. This is a charity café for The Archie Foundation run by Cobbs and they have a free (to café customers) soft play area for pre school children. As there is not really anything better in the area, worth trying if local, especially if you have pre-school children.



Cobbs Café at Inverness Botanic Gardens open daily 10-4 (10-3 in winter)
Soya milk available for drinks tea and coffee. Hot chocolate contains milk, so can't be vegan. There is lots of lovely syrups to make hot flavoured soya milk however as well as to flavour coffee.

No vegan soup or sandwich. If you see a soup being advertised as vegan - ask to check ingredients as I know that all soups contain milk.




However they do have jacket potato with beans, took about 9 weeks of asking for them to get beans and if they don't get asked for once used up they will disappear.  Sometimes served with a bit of salad, but unfortunately its sometimes with coleslaw, so you just end up with a spud and beans. Don't forget to ask for no butter.


lots of vegan soft drinks



lots of posh crisps







Desert/sweet snacks
Jelly squeeze - a squeezable drinkable jelly



So overall a bit better than some cafes that only have jacket potato and beans, as there is a few sweet snacks. Would be better if they actually did have vegan soup with vegan bread and even a sandwich choice and of course cake!!
As there is not really anything better in the area, worth trying when visiting the lovely Inverness Botanic Gardens if you are after a drink or snack.

Not looked into the one in the Eastgate Shopping Centre or Museum. But as there is so much better choice in town with Nourish, Blend, Velocity, So Coco and even the coffee chains that cater better than Cobbs. They are unlikely to get a visit from me if in town unless of course they start serving vegan cake! I mean they make it, but keep it to themselves. Why bother making a vegan chocolate cake and then not having it available anywhere!! If they hadn't mentioned it on their website, I would not of known about it.

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