Muffins success story

Lauren Smith right with staff member Tina Bowen
Lauren Smith right with staff member Tina Bowen

MUFFINS Coffee Shop, owned and operated in Laurencekirk High Street by Lauren Smith for the past four and a half years is continuing to go from strength to strength.

In the field of outside catering, Muffins can supply special cupcakes for weddings and also for small meetings, with platters of sandwiches and cakes, or homemade soup.

Muffins is normally open from 9-4.30 Monday to Friday and 10-4 on Saturday, but in response to demand from customers, opens in the evening for the occasional supper club gathering.

The most recent supper club was a huge success, with the premises transformed into an atmospheric restaurant. Lauren offered a set menu and it was bring your own bottle, with a small corkage fee applied.

The next supper evening is on December 10 and will have a Christmas theme. There will be three choices per course, with special dietary needs catered for.

Lauren says: “Our previous supper clubs have been very popular and we expect tables to be snapped up really quickly.”

Muffins hosts a book club every six weeks, the Laurencekirk Ladies of Literature. There is support and advice from the local library service and the lady members meet to discuss the books over coffee.

Muffins will once again take part in the Laurencekirk late night Christmas opening, provisionally fixed for November 30.

Lauren pays tribute to her manageress Lynne Pearson and other members of staff and says they work together very well as a team.

Muffins is open for breakfasts, followed by morning coffees and lunches. All the baking is done on the premises, with all fillings made to order.

Lauren likes to stick to Scottish suppliers and for them to be as local as possible.

She sells Cream of Galloway ice cream as well as an alternative, Ice Delight, which is glutten free, fat free and dairy free and both are delicious.