Looking for a cute, dog friendly venue that provides a tasty variety of brunch, lunch and afternoon tea? Cafe AHOY! is the place for you. Cafe AHOY! opened up earlier this year in the former Cafe Coast building near Aberdeen Beach Boulevard. The Cafe is linked with some other popular cafe’s including; The Pier on the Beach Promenade, Corner Tree Cafe in Aberdeen City Centre, Forest Cafe in Midmar and The Bridge House Cafe in Ballater.
The Corner Tree Cafe is a local favourite for me while I’m a work – it’s literally a 2 minute walk from my office and the coffee is brilliant so when Cafe AHOY! opened up I knew I just had to make a visit.
As the name suggests there is a very nautical boat theme to the cafe. It’s filled with deep blues, grey’s and of course rustic wooden furniture. There is also a small area of the floor that features an array of print tiles that is eye-catching and beautiful too.
The cafe is a medium size with a mixture of 2 and 4 seated tables but they also have a larger table with a bench for if you are heading there with a bigger group of probably 6. I love when restaurant’s and cafes vary their table sizes, I always feel guilty taking up a table for 4 when it’s just me +1!
For those rare warm and sunny days in Aberdeen the cafe offers up a lovely outdoor seating area again following the deep blue nautical theme. Sadly on my visit it was raining so I didn’t get to make use of this area but I can imagine sitting outside having a smoothie in the sunshine would be just perfect.
My favourite part – the food! Like I said before, I’m a regular to The Corner Tree and the food there has never disappointed so I had high hopes when I browsed the menu. I had thought that the menu would be identical to the other cafes and while they are definitely similar Cafe AHOY! had some intriguing editions.
My mum opted for a warm cheese scone which was an incredibly impressive size! I believe these are baked fresh every day and they are scrumptiously soft and fluffy with a perfectly crisp exterior. Oh and I absolutely cannot forget that added touch of spring onion that mixes with the cheese divinely! They are a perfect item for when you aren’t hungry enough for a meal but need a bit more than a slice of toast. I was (as always) a fair bit hungrier than my mum and took my time perusing the menu for that special something that would hit the spot but what would it be? A stack of pancakes? A baked potato? or maybe the ever classic tuna panini? Not this time!
Something that sets Cafe AHOY! apart from it’s sister cafes are their Signature Sandwiches so of course I had to try one! I opted for the ‘Fish Finger’ Sandwich. A modern take on a childhood favourite. The sandwich is comprised of 2 large pieces of beautiful cooked breaded haddock in a white sub roll that is smothered in tartare sauce. As if that wasn’t enough, you also get a side of skinny fries and salad. This item is £10 which is pretty pricey however it is unquestionably worth it.
Cafe AHOY! is definitely worth visiting. The food and coffee is outstanding and the atmosphere is relaxed. I could definitely see myself heading there for a few coffees while getting some blogging done some day. My only super tiny niggle is that parking is a little tough. There is a small car park to the front of the building and if you aren’t lucky enough to swipe a space then you’re sent to find a space on the road side. As I said, it’s a super small niggle and overall doesn’t effect the overall experience what-so-ever.
Have you been to Cafe AHOY!? or any of the other cafe’s in the group? Let me know which one is your favourite in the comments!
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