Ian’s Wee Cafe to open in Bilston honouring late father

Monday June 26th 2023

Ian's Wee cafe Bilston Loanhead Midlothian

The Anderson family who are behind the new cafe in Bilston.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Ian’s Wee Cafe will have a grand opening of its warm and welcoming establishment in the heart of Bilston this Saturday, July 1st 2023, at 10 am. The cafe, located at 5 Meadow Place, EH25 9RT, is the brainchild of Callum Anderson, who has kept the project a secret from his family until recently. The opening ceremony will be officiated by Owen Thompson MP for Midlothian, with special guest Chase from Paw Patrol in attendance.

Inspired by a lifelong passion for cooking and a heartfelt desire to honour his late father, Ian, Callum Anderson embarked on this venture to create a community hub where locals can enjoy traditional, welcoming, and warm dining experiences. Ian’s Wee Cafe is a testament to the enduring family tradition of culinary excellence and love for food.

Ian’s Wee Cafe will be a cozy and inviting space for friends and families to gather. With a tasteful interior design and a commitment to providing a welcoming atmosphere, the cafe aims to offer a pleasant dining experience for customers of all ages. The venue will also feature free Wi-Fi, allowing guests to stay connected while enjoying their meals. In the future, Ian’s Wee Cafe plans to introduce a small outdoor seating area, providing the perfect setting to soak up the sun.

The menu at Ian’s Wee Cafe will delight food enthusiasts with its wide variety of delicious and affordable breakfast and lunch options. Using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, the cafe ensures the highest quality in every dish. From all-day breakfasts and hot-filled rolls to sandwiches, toasties, and soups, there is something to satisfy every palate. Patrons can also indulge in mouthwatering desserts, including cakes, pies, and cookies.

In addition to its regular menu, Ian’s Wee Cafe has a special plan for Sundays. They will open their doors to the local community for a community lunch or dinner. This unique dining experience will foster a sense of togetherness as tables are joined, and meals are enjoyed family-style. This Sunday gathering will be an opportunity for friends and neighbours to connect, sharing a delightful 2-course lunch or dinner followed by tea, coffee, and biscuits.

Callum Anderson, the founder of Ian’s Wee Cafe, expressed his excitement about the upcoming opening and shared his motivation behind this heartfelt project: “My dad played a pivotal role in shaping my passion for cooking. Naming the cafe after him is a tribute to his memory, and I hope to create a welcoming space where people can enjoy delicious food and forge lasting connections.”

Joining Callum in running the cafe is his fiancee Louise and their two sons, Callen and Cameron. Together, they aspire to build upon the family culinary legacy and make Ian’s Wee Cafe an integral part of the community.

The cafe will be opened by Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, and special guest Chase from Paw Patrol, adding a touch of excitement and joy to the event.

Ian’s Wee Cafe invites everyone to visit and experience its warm ambiance and delectable offerings. Whether for a quick bite, a leisurely brunch, or the community lunch/dinner on Sundays, Ian’s Wee Cafe promises to provide an unforgettable dining experience for all.

For more information follow them on social media or visiting their website at www.iansweecafe.com.

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