How Nooks and Crannies in Fraserburgh was named Scotland’s Best Cafe

When asked what she likes best about Nooks and Crannies, owner Lynne Gillan answered without hesitation: “It’s the customers, definitely.”

Fraserburgh Tea Room won a big prize at this year’s Food Awards Scotland, being named Café/Bistro of the Year.

Since she and her partner, Malcolm Watson, opened the cafe 12 years ago, they have thrived on the support of loyal customers.

“Without customers, we wouldn’t have rewards, we wouldn’t have anything to do,” she said.

“They are the ones who got us through Covid, they supported us.”

Nooks and crannies in Fraserburgh. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

Regional and national winners

The Food Awards Scotland honor the best servers, specialists and suppliers in the sector.

Nooks and Crannies was first named Cafe/Bistro of the Year for the north after being nominated by customers, which Ms Gillan was already “absolutely delighted with”.

She added: “I think everyone who was there is a worthy winner, it’s very hard to know how they narrowed it down.”

The five regional winners were then ranked against each other and Fraserburgh Tea Room came out on top.

Ms Gillan said: ‘We’ve won many awards over the years so we’re glad our standards haven’t dropped.

Some of the delicious offerings from Nooks and Crannies. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson.

“We like to spoil them”

Ms. Gillan said nooks and crannies is most popular for its afternoon teas, which are currently sold out on Saturdays through November.

The couple do their best to make their offering unique, packing each of the three afternoon tea stops with homemade delicacies.

“We like to spoil them, when you go out for afternoon tea you just want to sit back and relax,” Ms Gillan said.

“First they get their savory dishes which are all hot from the oven. Then we make an intermediate course of mango sorbet, then they get their desserts and cakes, finished with warm apple pie and cream.

Lynne Gillan and Malcolm Watson at Nooks and Crannies. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

‘We love what we do’

As well as their famous apple pie, patrons can expect to sample mini Yorkshire puddings stuffed with beef bourguignon and a fresh summer berry mousse.

It’s just the start of awards season for Nooks and Crannies, which is up for three more culinary awards in the coming months.

But for Ms. Gillan and Mr. Watson, it’s not about awards, it’s about fulfilling their passion.

“We are dedicated to what we do, and the fact is, we love what we do,” Ms. Gillan said.

“It helps when you love your job, we love that.”

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