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Double foodie boost for Alford as Soos Lug opens its doors and plans are unveiled for a further new cafe at the former Co-op premises

By David Porter

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Multi-award winner Mark Reynolds, owner of the highly successful Alford based Piggery-Smokery has taken the next step forward with the opening of The Soo’s Lug cafe on Alford's Main Street.

Having just claimed the latest in his ever growing list of awards for his produce, which last week saw him pick up one of only two three-star Great Taste awards, Mark is not one to rest on his laurels and completed the work on the small cafe which he purchased around a year ago as an ongoing project in order to offer a further local outlet for his produce.

The new bacon cafe is currently open from 8.30am to 5pm every Friday to Sunday and uses bacon cured using Aberdeenshire and Morayshire sourced pigs, bread from local producers The Bread Maker and The Bread Guy asa well as coffee from Nakid Bean in Cults.

It has also been revealed this week that Aberdeenshire Council planning service has received a substantive application for the former Co-op premises on Donside Road.

The large building which has been empty since the new Co-op was extended in the town has now seen an application from Gerry Robb Architectural Design Services on behalf of Chloe Lawson of Haughton Farm near Alford for the conversion of the shop into a new cafe and bakery.

Plans show a layout with seating across a mix of table styles for 44 customers along with counter displays and an extensive conversion of part of the building into a site for food production.

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