Popular cafe to open second Ayrshire restaurant with launch of new sustainable menu

A popular Ayrshire cafe will open a second location next week.

The Coffee Press will expand its offering by operating another cafe in the new multi-million pound HALO building in Kilmarnock.

Run by husband and wife team Alisdair and Debbie Hood, the ‘#RockMe Cafe’ aims to have a sustainable menu and locally sourced ingredients.

The couple’s existing Bank Street restaurant has been in motion for 15 years, with the couple building up a range of local suppliers, mainly from Ayrshire, who can help them provide a healthy, tasty and sustainable food offering on the ground floor of strike. Hill Street Building.

The usual Coffee Press food will be offered at the Business and Innovation Center when it opens on Wednesday, including sandwiches, pastries, cakes, salads, soups and freshly brewed coffee.

The new venture adds another branch to the couple’s growing hospitality portfolio, which includes Cottage Catering.

Alisdair Hood said: “We are an established cafe, renowned for our great food, coffee and cakes, and we give every customer a warm welcome.

“We use local suppliers wherever possible and our long-standing relationship with these companies means that our customers always get the best quality ingredients in our products.

Alisdair Hood, Marie Macklin and Debbie Hood

“HALO has a vision of sustainability that we believe aligns perfectly with The Coffee Press. We are passionate about the environment and have been reducing our single-use plastic and using more environmentally friendly packaging for some time. All of our cakes are handmade and we love trying new recipes alongside our best-selling favourites.

“We are truly excited to join the HALO journey and look forward to welcoming tenants and guests to the Café while providing a variety of catering options for events hosted at the HALO Enterprise and Innovation Center.”

Marie Macklin CBE, Founder and Executive Chairperson of HALO, added: “I am so delighted that The Coffee Press of Kilmarnock is running the HALO #RockMe cafe here at HALO.

“Alisdair and Debbie are exceptional contractors and have provided tremendous service at the many events we have hosted at HALO this year.

“I can’t wait to sample their first menu at #RockMe Café and I’m sure our tenants and guests will love their fantastic variety of sustainably and locally produced ingredients.”

The award-winning HALO business and innovation center has been named ‘Best Regeneration Project’ at this year’s prestigious Scottish Property Awards and recognized as Scotland’s ‘Best Corporate Workplace’ at the British Council for Office Regional Awards 2022.

HALO has also received funding of £3.5m from the UK Government, £3.5m from the Scottish Government and £2m from East Ayrshire Council as part of the deal. £251m Ayrshire Growth Plan – a ten-year investment program jointly funded by the UK and Scottish Governments and local authorities. The HALO site was sold to the project for £1 by Diageo, which contributed an additional £1 million to the project.

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