Mcctaffs Cakes And Tea Room is situated in the Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon. Relatively new to the centre this cafe/tea room offers shoppers a chance to rest and relax whilst sampling a wide array of home baked products and freshly produced baguettes and sandwiches. The setting is informal and chilled. Not vastly huge in size this outlet caters for shoppers who want to sample freshly made produce rather than the mass produced foods other large chains of cafes stock.
Homemade cakes and scones greet you as you walk up to the counter. With tray bakes, cup cakes, larger sliced cakes and scones all freshly made there is bound to be something to tempt you and your family. A lot of the cakes are made on the premises.
If you suffer from a gluten intolerance or have issues with dairy then don't despair as this cafe/tea room caters to your every need. Gluten free cup cakes and a lovely gluten free chocolate cake are often on sale as are gluten free scones. There is also a range of sugar free cakes on sale. If you are a vegetarian or vegan then again this cafe/tea room will do its very best to provide a selection of foods suitable for you. Unlike most food outlets the lovely thing about this establishment is that it doesn't charge the earth for food that is gluten or dairy free. What is often double the price in another cafe remains the same price as the regular food here.
If you prefer savory food then there are a range of sandwiches, baguettes and wraps available each day with specials on the menu board. Again every effort is made to cater to everyone's needs. If you have an intolerance or allergy speak to the friendly staff and they will do their very best to come up with a sandwich that meets your needs. All the sandwiches, baguettes and wraps come with a salad garnish and either a small dish of coleslaw or pasta.
In more recent weeks and with winter coming thick and fast there has been the welcome addition of soup to the menu. All of the soup is home made and comes suitable for coeliacs and people with gluten intolerance's. The soups are tasty and come in two sizes of bowl so depending on your appetite you can have a large or small serving.
Cream Teas are available and you can pre-order a High Tea either sweet or savory in advance. Again food intolerance's are taken into consideration. Tables can be reserved in advance for parties or larger gatherings. For reserved parties or High Teas quaint vintage china is used giving you the customer the feeling you are in the country rather than the middle of a busy town.
Tea comes in a pot, enough for two cups. Coffee comes in all the regular styles and can be specifically made to your taste if you tell the staff when ordering. Milk shakes are also on offer and are made to order. A lovely range of pre-made soft drinks are also available from the cold cabinet behind the till. If you prefer a fruit juice or ginger beer then ask the staff about the bottled drinks on offer. More traditional drinks are also available as well as packets of crisps, which can be found near the till.
Children can have a special kids meal so they don't feel left out of the mix. The establishment provides high chairs for babies and young children.
There are daily special offers available all advertised on the menu board.
If you need a cake for a special occasion then you can order a cake from the cafe/tea room. Examples of the cakes that have been previously made are available to view on the walls of the cafe/tea room. Take a look at the Elvis inspired cup cakes or the flowered wedding cakes that have been made for previous customers.
As this is a new establishment it is still growing and developing. Customer feedback is important to the staff. Staff are happy to hear what customers think would sell well or do well or what they would like to see in the cafe/tea room. Just recently they have started selling jacket potatoes with a range of different fillings.
The staff are young and friendly. Always happy to help and give advice and details of foods for sale. No question is too small. This is a family run business where high standards are important.
Overall this is a great place to pop into of a lunch time or weekend when you are out and about doing your shopping or taking a break from work. Babies and children are welcome. No one is rushed out the door you are free to chat and linger for as long as you like after eating your cake or sandwich. The food is excellent and the hygiene standards are very high. Tables are thoroughly cleaned after a customer leaves and the floor is swept.