I DO like a wee jaunt around Dundee looking for a scone.
You see, in recent years, Dundee has undergone a bit of a transformation when it comes to places to eat and drink.
Even 10 years ago, the choice was pretty limited.
Now? The good people of Scotland’s coolest city – that’s according to the Wall Street Journal, no less – are spoiled for choice about where and what to eat.
And there are scones aplenty, to be found, too.
So when I get a tip-off asking if I’ve ever been to The Flame Tree Cafe, I’m hopeful a trip there will be a winner.
It’s in the city’s Exchange Street. It’s home to a handful of independent businesses, including a fabulous-looking cheese shop, The Cheesery.
I make a note to drop in there later. But first, to the serious business of the scone.
We’re heading for autumn, but on the day I’m in Dundee, it’s mellow and sunny.
And when I get to The Flame Tree, I find my chum sitting at one of their tables outside, like we’re in Benidorm or something.
First thing I notice about The Flame Tree’s menu is that it caters really well for people who have special dietary requirements.
Me, I have a cast-iron stomach and can throw a vast quantity of any old stodge down my throat and suffer no ill effects.
Well, apart from the expanding waistline, but I see that as a hazard of the job.
If it wasn’t for scones I’d be the same size as when I was 20.
Not everyone is like me, though.
And whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, following a gluten-free diet or whatever, chances are you’ll find a good choice here.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the rainbow bagel.
They’re delicious and come with a choice of fillings.
In fact, they love colourful food here.
I’m not a huge fan of salad – why have lettuce when you can have a scone? – but here they are so bursting with colour and delicious looking that I’m tempted to try one.
Of course, I’m all about the scone.
And I’m pleased to report that the plain scone I have is a belter.
It’s big, crumbly and comes with its own wee glass dish of jam and butter.
I can see my chum eyeing it up.
I’ve got the devil in me today, so I pretend not to notice.
I know, I’m a disgrace, but it was just so darn good.
Sorry, Mum. I know that’s not the way I was brought up.
Still, she doesn’t complain. She’s too busy working her way through her Caramac fudge slice thingie which looks out of this world.
She doesn’t offer me a bit.
That’ll teach me.
The Flame Tree Cafe, 20 Exchange Street, Dundee
Warm Welcome 7/10
Location Location 8/10
Scone Score 9/10
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