Riding “On Toast” of success in Gloucester Docks

Published On February 8, 2011 » 1295 Views» Gloucester

I had the distinct pleasure of taking my family down to the Gloucester Docks and pop into “On Toast” for coffee and a post work “pick me up”.

David Purchase has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride in realising his ambition of owning his own business and last saturday he opened his doors to paying customers.

Walking into the shop and seeing the brand new installations, and seeing how his designs have been brought to life is brilliant.  From the bright colours on the walls to the custom “On Toast” stools, you can see that everything has been thought about.

The Menu is both simple and sophisticated.  There are all the traditional Toastie ideas from just Jam and Toast and Bean and Cheese toasties to more “sophisticated options such as the American, the Canadian, the Greek etc.

We went for the dessert menu, Amanda had the Mars Bar Toastie (and has decided that she is hooked) and I had a Banoffee Toastie which was lush.

Whilst obviously Toast is the main theme, he is also doing soups and other bits too.  When chatting to him about the future it is great to see just how animated he gets when describing how he will be selling the coffee he is serving and how the coffee will change with the seasons so we will only be drinking what is in season at that time, and how his menu will be changing reflecting the time of year –  His Valentine Toastie will be Rosewater infused with a Turkish Delight Filling.

I’m really pleased that not only he has got his business finally going, despite many holdups, but that it is such a high quality and really nice place to visit. There is a story in the Citizen about how he worked with Gloucester Works to get his business going.  I am very jealous of those people living and working in the docks who will just be able to nip over and have a toastie and coffee.  It provides an extra incentive to get elected, when I could pop over before or after council meetings 😉


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