NOW here’s a strange old thing.
You’ll know by now that I venture high and low, on a journey of scone discovery.
That means there’s many a time I’ve travelled through Biggar on my way to some recommended scone specialist or another.
And I always think what a lovely wee place Biggar is and I really must stop and have a wander around sometime.
But somehow, I never quite get round to it.
You know what it’s like – I always seem to be rushing here, rushing there, rushing everywhere.
So, last week, on my journey through Biggar, I decided at last to stop and explore.
And so I found myself in lovely, lively Aroma, on Biggar’s High Street.
First impressions were of the mixed group of customers.
Lots of locals – always a good sign – but also plenty of people passing through, like myself.
Indeed, the two suited and booted businessmen I’m next to look a wee bit out of place among the mums with kids. There’s an elderly couple reading newspapers and watching the world go by from the comfy window seat, too.
However, these gents are clearly regulars who stop here whenever their travels lead them this way.
They order without even a glance at the menu then tear into their tuna mayo sandwich and panini while discussing the fate of the economy since boring old Brexit.
Really, I could complain because the two of them droning in such a dullsville way could be enough to put a less tough Spy off their scone.
I’m made of sterner stuff, though, and I enjoy my lunch.
OK, it’s a cheese toastie, which you can’t really go wrong with. And indeed there are no complaints here.
Sometimes I just prefer the simpler things in life.
Like my partner, but the less said about that, the better!
Aroma is a welcoming place. Unpretentious, down-to-earth and something for everyone.
The main event, the scone, is a big beast, with plenty of fruit, jam and cream.
I would have preferred it warm, but it’s clearly home-made and quite lovely, too.
My partner enjoys a chocolate-y traybake thing. I’m fancying a bit of it – just so I can report back what it’s like.
But while I’m looking at some of the bonny pictures on the wall, he scoffs the lot. By the time I go to ask for a bit all that’s left are a few forlorn crumbs and a guilty expression staring back at me.
I like this place. It’s busy and bustling, but there’s no feeling they want you out of the door.
Indeed, as that couple at the window seat pour themselves more tea, pass the time of day with a neighbour and gaze out of the window at the world going by, it makes me sad to leave and be on my way.
Warm Welcome 8/10 Location, location 9/10 Scone score 8/10
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