Mountain café – Our Food Ethos and Allergy Policy

Mountain Cafe’s Food Ethos

After leaving NZ I craved the easy going cafe culture with its laid back approach to offering fresh coffee, good food and friendly service. I wanted my own wee piece of NZ in Scotland and I hope you will enjoy the experience.

We source the freshest local ingredients and prepare them with imagination and passion. Food should be tasty, healthy and fresh, but should also have an element of luxury at the same.

Our aim is to give you quality food and coffee in a laid back, friendly café environment.

We offer delicious breakfasts daily from 8.30am – 11.30am and hearty lunches from 11.30am till close. We are also renowned our home baked cakes which are served all day.

Catering for people with food allergies

We cater for vegan, vegetarian, soya free, Coeliac food (gluten free) & wheat free.  We realise it’s important to understand the difference as well as the complexity in producing the various types of allergy sensitive food. We therefore ensure we use separate tongs, toasters and fryers along with the more obvious separate knives and chopping boards. We understand that gluten free food is suitable for a wheat free diet but that wheat free food may not mean it is also gluten free.

When you come in to the cafe you will find our dietary key (as shown below) on all our menus, which shows which of our dishes can be adapted to meet your needs. Please let your server know your needs & our team of chefs will do everything they can to create a tasty & safe meal for you to enjoy.

The same rules apply to our home baking – we always try to have cake options for vegan, vegetarian, soya free, Coeliac food (gluten free) & wheat free but this varies from day to day. All of our home baking is labelled using our dietary key as shown below.

We have nuts in our kitchen therefore we cannot offer a 100% guarantee that any of our products are totally nut free. We do not cater for people with airborne nut allergies.

However, we DO make baking & foods that are labelled “nut free recipe” this means there are no nuts added to the item or dish & we will do everything humanly possible to prevent cross contamination however the ingredients we buy in to bake/cook with are out of our hands. We have nut cross contamination systems in place & we take this very seriously within our kitchen & our cake serving area.

Some of our homemade breads are made using nut free recipes, however please be aware we use the same proving mats for bread with or without nuts.

We can offer Harry Gow nut free seeded bread instead of homemade bread.