The Smith Cafe Opened in the Smith Museum and Art Gallery

We’re pleased to welcome Lisa Bryson the new owner of The Smith Cafe

Talented local chef Lisa Bryson has taken over the Café at The Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Business is booming at the popular Smith Café and Lisa is delighted with the reception she’s had since opening on February 11. The Dumbarton Road café sells a range of delicious cakes and tray bakes, healthy breakfasts and a variety of lunch options including soup, sandwiches, toasties and baked potatoes.

Lisa has worked in a range of local eateries over the past 20 years and was most recently an assistant manager at Dunblane’s Old Churches House Hotel. She studied Hospitality at Forth Valley College and several years ago she ran The Crook pub in Bridge of Allan.

She is pleased to be running her own business once again and enjoying her first opportunity to manage a café. Lisa, who lives in Stirling, said: “I’m absolutely loving it – it’s the best move I’ve ever made, and we’ve been jampacked with customers since we opened. We’re focusing on making really simple healthy food like homemade soup and sandwiches, wraps and baked potatoes and we cater for vegans and vegetarians. We also do coffee, cakes, scones and tray bakes which are a bit more indulgent and people seem to be really enjoying what we have to offer.”

The business has also become something of a family affair with Lisa’s partner James, her daughter Taylor and mum Paula all helping out. Lisa says: “It’s been great getting the family involved – I’ve also got one staff member and am likely to need to take on more. It’s a really busy little place and it’s wonderful to work with the Museum – I thought it might take a little while to build the business up, but it’s been really busy from the very beginning.”

The café is open from 10-4pm Tuesday to Saturday, from 12-4pm on Sundays and is closed on Mondays.

It is based within the Museum and can seat between 40-45 customers for breakfast, lunch or just drinks and a slice of cake or two.

Lisa is also planning to introduce some outdoor seating during the summer months.

More details about the café and lots of photos of the amazing food on offer can be found on the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/thesmithartgalleryandmuseum and on Instagram www.instagram.com/thesmithcafe/

And for more details about the Museum visit the website – www.smithartgalleryandmuseum.co.uk

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