Arbroath Cafe to Serve Up a Slice of Serendipity

Cassie Robertson has swapped her classroom blackboard for cakes and pastries to bring a new café to the Arbroath area.

The former school teaching assistant has spent 17 years in classrooms and was inspired to open her own business during the pandemic after falling back in love with baking.

Having been an avid baker from a young age and working as a chef in her 20s, the French-born mum decided to leave the teaching profession to challenge herself in a new way.

Opening the doors to Serendipity Café on Monday 16 May at Kirkton Industrial Estate in Arbroath, Cassie has recruited the help of her family to bring her vision to life.

Teaming up with her partner, Brian Doig, who owns B. Doig Builders, the duo have worked tirelessly to build the café from the ground up and have designed the venue’s eye-catching bold interior using local resources.

Cassie, 49, will also work alongside her daughter Melissa Robertson, 22, and son-in-law Connor Grewar, 31.

She is responsible for making all of the sweet items whereas Connor, who has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 10 years, will specialise in the savoury offering.

Melissa will handle the front of house and will serve customers alongside the rest of the team.

With a breakfast and lunch menu available, the café is open to customers from 8am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Customers can choose from pancakes, scrambled eggs on toast, bagels or a roll, petit pan au chocolat, croissants, porridge and more for breakfast.

And for lunch they can expect sandwiches, bagels, paninis, rolls, soups, cakes, scones and traybakes.

All of the food is suitable for both sit-in and takeaway and there are gluten-free and vegan dishes available, too.

Born in France, Cassie moved to Glasgow during her secondary school years and then went on to work as a chef in her 20s.

She took a break from hospitality and moved to Balmullo, Fife, where she has since worked as a personal teaching assistant for children with additional needs at Bell Baxter High School.

Just before the pandemic hit, she started to rekindle her love for baking and cooking and decided it was time to open her own place.

After applying for planning permission at the site in 2019, she finally got permission to progress following the multiple lockdowns.

The long-term goal is to set up a social enterprise and employ individuals with special needs to work and serve customers in the café.

The venue, at Berryfauld Farmhouse, is also wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly.

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