So, we got to Elgin and to be fair there isn't much to report. It's a nice enough place. Unexpectedly grand with a big wide main street, classical architecture etc. The funny thing was it hadn't changed in five years. But the important point to note is not one but two classic caffs thriving in its main street.
Happily The Northern Fish Restaurant was still intact with its pristine booths so we stopped in for dinner. The macaroni cheese was nothing to write home about but surroundings were very pleasant and the boys enjoyed picking songs from the jukebox which played everything a little too fast.
I can't place this time-wise - any ideas? There's a nod to rounded corners but all the angles are straight. What does that mean? The proportion of the tables and seats is a bit stingy. You have to perch on the bench to reach the table. But the formica has a jolly 1950s aspect to it. Sometimes I ask the owner but we were stuck at the back in this case.
A cafe of this calibre would lighten any high street but Elgin is graced with two. Further up the high street, towards the town centre sits the Ca'Dora which has lost its shopfront (the horror) but retained its fabulous low rounded booths (very similar to Glasgow's magnificent Val D'Oro). It was a curvy antidote to the Northern Fish Restaurant, and was busier, suggesting the chips were of a higher order. Experience shows that the quality of the chips is much more important than the quality of the surroundings. Can't say fairer than that.