Home baking at Cafe Panola


Fresh, quality, homemade food is at the heart of our café. We always use locally sourced products where possible, and our talented team is dedicated to creating delicious food for our customers every day. Recently, talented pastry chef Stephan joined the team. We’re delighted to have him working with us here at Pentland and have been enjoying tasting lots of his delicious creations over the past few months!

Stephan makes all of our cakes and tray bakes from scratch. We don’t buy things like bases, or scone mixture in – it’s all homemade - fresh every day! Something we’re really proud of.

We’re sure many of our customers would like to know more about Stephan and his work, so this week we thought it would be nice to step behind the scenes of café Panola for a quick Q&A chat….


Where did you start your career as a pastry chef?

‘’I started my career in 1980 at a pastry shop in Paris called Pâtisserie de l’Église It’s still there today and has a reputation for creating very good cakes. I often still go there if I’m after something special.''


Where did you learn your skills?

''Over the years I’ve worked at various restaurants, hotels, cafes and pastry shops across France and Scotland, (including places like the Balmoral Hotel and Florentine’s in Edinburgh). In this time I’ve learnt lots of techniques and refined my skills.''


What can customers expect to see at Café Panola?

''Always homemade food! Taste is very important to me, so I really focus on this. There’s no point having something that looks nice, but then tastes disappointing. I put a lot of effort into making sure things taste great and also look nice. Presentation is also very important!''


What are your aims working at Cafe Panola?

''I want to bring something different and make sure there’s variety – something for everyone. Customers can expect Scottish favourites like sticky toffee pudding, but also things that are a little different and have a French influence.''


 You’ll find Stephans homemade desserts, cakes and traybakes available in Café Panola every day of the week. He creates cakes to order, so if you have a family celebration or birthday coming up, have a chat with the café team! He’s also just finished creating some wonderful Christmas cakes, which will be available to buy and enjoy later this month, so watch this space for more details soon!

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