8th September – 15th September 2019
Hello there! My name is Jacqui and I’m excited to be sharing my voice with you this week. Watch out for some delicious recipes, pics and foodie fun facts too!
My first job at 14 years old was as a waitress at Crawfords Pizza Restaurant on Lombard Street in Inverness every Saturday and school holidays when I wasn’t taking part in pony club competitions.
My Mother was the most amazing cook who confidently fed whoever was fortunate enough to join us at the table. My father at 82 years is a highly successful Black Isle farmer who encouraged us to work hard from a very young age. With his keen work ethic and love of horticulture we were always guaranteed a great harvest! Mum cooked everything from scratch.
Travel & tourism always interested me, in fact my favourite book at my bedside whilst growing up was my world atlas! I was keen to spread my wings and was offered a nanny/au pair job in Houston, Texas. I lived the american dream and met a bunch of wonderful people.
On returning home 2 years later I applied to become an on train courier/hostess commentating on the observation car to Kyle from Inverness, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. We also covered the Highland gateway to and from Perth and up to Thurso. This was for me the most incredible job where I met folk from all over the world, stories were exchanged and life long friends were made. My great love for people was truly born! After my seasonal stint on the train at the age of 19 I was called into Inverness Airport for an interview and flown to London for a 6 week training course as an air stewardess with Dan Air the very next day! During my 20 years flying up and down to London I took unpaid leave to travel/work in Australia (bakeries, restaurants and nannying) on my return I married my husband Gary in 1988 and had our three children Gregor ’92, Kerry’93 and Lucy’04. Family, people, food & travel, my favourite things.
Corner on the Square, a licensed Deli/Cafe situated in the beautiful village of Beauly 12 miles northwest of Inverness was born in October 2003. We began trading with more retail than we have today but discovered fairly quickly that the cafe was where the business needed to grow. A couple of very decent reviews in The Times by the late A.A.Gill helped put us firmly on the map as a destination. three years in we jumped at the opportunity to purchase the building. In addition we have operated the fruit and vegetable shop next door to our deli for the last 21 years. We are finding people are making real efforts to bring their own bag, only buy what they need in order to reduce waste and are supportive because we don’t prepackaged our fruit and veggies. Currently we are buying from two local farmers. There has been keen interest in our growing vegan market, I buy interesting products locally and from abroad too. Our ethos is simple in our cafe we aim to provide delicious fresh food in a relaxed friendly environment. Our team are awesome and we have some pretty awesome customers too!
Lots to tell but there will be plenty questions too!