In an effort to let people know that we are not just an eat-in cafe but also do takeaway food and coffee I came up with the ingenious plan of setting up a soup urn with sandwiches and tarts on the outside table at lunchtime. The day before I planned to start the outside sales, I discovered that the butcher shop next door had the same bright idea and had also set up a soup urn in front of their shop.
I consulted with Simon, one of the owners of Blackfoot Butchers, and we agreed that this alley was big enough for two soup urns and that together we could make soup in Charlotte Place what music is to Tin Pan Alley.
Feeling slightly like amateurs trying to sell lemonade, Ulrika waits patiently for the punters to start queuing...
which the English are famed for.
Unfortunately this queue is for the burrito shop opposite us and our queue was a little more modest,