The first thing you’ll notice when you open the door to The Mainstreet Trading Company, apart from beautiful books everywhere, is the delicious smell of fresh coffee. We pride ourselves on the quality of our coffee which is fair-trade from Costa Rica, Peru & Ethiopia, 100% Arabica organic beans (inc. Bourbon, Caturra, Typica & Pache). Our tea is by a variety of suppliers including Brewhaha, Hampstead, Equal Exchange (organic fair trade) and Clipper organic herbal teas.
We keep the food simple using the best quality local produce. Soup (usually a choice of two) is made daily in our kitchens along with the ingredients of our sandwiches, most of which are cooked from scratch (pesto, humus, honey roast ham, cucumber relish and many other treats).
Many of our beautiful, and dangerously tempting, cakes are made in house, while others are concocted by Julia Bruce, a very talented local cook. The selection varies, but firm favourites are coffee and walnut cake, chocolate/fig/almond, gingerbread men biscuits and orange drizzle cake, not forgetting the prettiest cupcakes in the Borders (we have these in small as well as regular, for those children who tend to stop eating after the icing).
See above for a sample menu and more information about our suppliers
"It's an irresistible package. You browse the shelves, you smell the coffee, you eye up the cakes, and scan the blackboard menu. You buy a few cards for friends, and yes, you aren't hallucinating, there is a deli out the back, a very good one, too. A morning or afternoon can be pleasantly passed here, and you'll emerge renewed, content, busting to crack the spine of your acquisitions, and most likely, with a couple of rather special things to eat later." Joanna Blythman, The Sunday Herald