Giraffe After Hours – A Special Dining Experience!

You may well know Giraffe for its delicious home baking, friendly and social atmosphere and a warming cup of tea. But did you know that our kitchen and front of house team have a wealth of rosette standard and five- star experience behind them?

For one night only, we’re inviting you to the rare treat that is After Hours @Giraffe, an exclusive and indulgent evening of Perthshire’s finest produce, each paired with a delicious wine and served in an elegant and relaxed environment.

Steven and his team have scoured the county for the finest produce to create a tasty and seasonal menu of fish, poultry and game, finished with a sweet treat and a mouth watering cheese board.

£35 a head – call 01738 449 227 to book your place!

Saturday 30th September – from 6pm
Giraffe Cafe, 51-53 South Street, Perth PH2 8PD



Chefs canapés
Selection of 3 beautifuly prepared canapés

Beetroot and parsley arancini, with lemon aioli

Main Course
Pan roasted venison, sage potato gnocchi, butternut squash, juniper and cocoa nib sauce

Shortbread, chocolate, pear

Cheese course
Selection of cheeses served with our own oatcakes and bread

Accompanied by our own hand-made chocolate

Join 4 of Perth’s Finest Chefs for a Truly Unique Dining Experience

An evening NOT to be missed…

Join Andrew Moss (The North Port), Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street), Wesley Watts (The Post Box) and Steven Pearson (Giraffe Perth) for a truly one-off tasting menu showcasing the best of Perthshire ingredients and raising money for local charity Giraffe.

A special evening awaits!

Buy your tickets below (N.B. you can choose multiple tickets once you’ve clicked the BUY NOW button)

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Or call 01738 449227 or pop into the cafe on South Street.

Giraffe Trading CIC joins national Volunteers Week Scotland

Giraffe Trading CIC joins national Volunteers Week Scotland celebration to highlight huge contribution made by volunteers in Perthshire

Giraffe Trading CIC is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers.

From 1-7 June 2017, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings.

Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their work valued at £2.6 billion every year. Recent research found that Scotland’s young people are particularly engaged, with participation now at 52% – nearly double the adult figure of 27%.

With so many people volunteering, there are a huge range of achievements to celebrate. Whether working to improve the local environment, spending time with people who need help, or providing other kinds of essential services and support, the efforts made by volunteers make an invaluable difference to the lives of people and communities everywhere.

As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers they might be facing.

Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, George Thomson said,’
In a post truth world there is one thing we can trust. That people volunteering in Scotland are uplifting. They are creating community solidarity and friendship. Volunteers Week is a good time to celebrate their honesty and humanity.

In a world which is becoming very uncertain there is one certainty that will not change, that people in Scotland giving time within their communities is uplifting by building friendship and solidarity.  Volunteers Week is a good time to celebrate this.

To volunteer, call Shona on 01738 449227 for a friendly chat, or email for more information.

Giraffe Trading Named Winner of DK Thomson Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to win this year’s DK Thomson Award.

Provost Liz Grant presented our award which acknowledged our service to the community of Perth and Kinross throughout the year.

A huge thanks to all our staff, volunteers and jobseekers for all their help – we couldn’t do it without them!

Tales from the Walled Garden at Springlands: 4-6 April

This week has been a week of construction.

On Tuesday, Right Track team members were busy constructing the compost bays from old pallets and what a great job they made of that as you can see.

Finishing touches next week and then we can start to use them.

Meanwhile Shiona continued with forking the vegetable plot, Helen continued with planting up planters and Jean and Pam continued with pricking out!

On Wednesday it was Spring Clean Day.  Glasshouse 1 is now sparkling and clean.

The Growing Capability group were busy potting on carnations and Foxgloves to be sold at Ladeside.  Ali took up the pricking out role and worked with Marigolds!

On the construction front, Helen, Daniel and Liam were busy making a table top from reclaimed wood.

Finally on Thursday, Daniel, Alan and I got down to slab laying the path started last year.  Jean continued with tending and sorting plants to be sold at Ladeside.

More news next week

PS: Remember, the Ladeside Plant Centre is now open, Saturdays only 10-3

Tales from the Walled Garden at Springlands: 28-30 March

Yet again full steam ahead this week.

With soil temperatures rising, it was time to continue with the vegetable beds and sow carrot seeds.  It also meant that many of the overwintered plants could be moved from the protection of the glasshouses either outside or to the netted tunnel.  Summer bedding seedlings were also growing apace and many (happy!) hours were spent pricking out.  Spring and Herb planters were also being planted up for sale at the Cafes, and at Quarrymill.

It certainly was a week for moving as well.  Right Track finished emptying the compost from the compost bays and can now start building new sturdier frames.

With the opening of the Ladeside Plant Centre on Saturday it was time to move plant material from Springlands to Ladeside.  On Thursday, Jobseekers and volunteers were busy sorting the plants and setting them up on the Sales Benches.  Whilst Jean and Helen held the fort at Springlands, sorting and preparing more plants.

Saturday 1 April saw the opening of Ladeside Plant Centre. Fortunately it stayed dry and warm which encouraged some to venture out to see us.  The plant centre is now mainly stocked with our own grown plants, nurtured from seed and with our distinct labels and branding all produced at Springlands – the fruition of my vision from 2014 when I joined CheckIn Works/Giraffe

We need YOUR votes!

CheckIn-Giraffe has been shortlisted for the Provident Good Neighbour Fund and now has the chance to win up to £2000 towards our local good cause!

All we need YOU to do is visit the link below and click VOTE – it really is that simple!


Tales from the Walled Garden at Springland 21st to 23rd March

I managed to miss the snow on Tuesday, but some of my hardy volunteers braved it and completed the planting up of the 4 small Display Gardens.

Wednesday and Thursday saw the continuing work of preparing plants ready for sale, pricking out of seedlings and planting up Planters for sale.

Our first rhubarb of the season was taken to Mill Street for sale, with hopefully fresh supplies going to both Mill Street, South Street and Ladeside each week for the foreseeable future.

Finally, remember Ladeside Plant Centre opens on Saturday 1 April from 10am to 3pm. Hope to see you there!

Springlands blog – 7th to 9th March

Tuesday 7 March

As promised, new signs started popping up in the garden – lots of them, as you can see!

Another day for the Right Track team to be busy emptying the compost bays – (don’t worry, one more week and then reconstruction time), and more forking over the veg beds for some of the volunteers.


Wednesday 8 March

With the imminent opening of the Ladeside Plant Centre (Saturday April 1 at 10am) it was time to get some plants ready – Jean and Daniel, were busy checking over the roses and giving them a fresh feed.

And if you can’t wait for Ladeside to open again, why not come along to Springlands Walled Garden, (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11-3) where all the plants are grown, nurtured and prepared for sale and buy direct from us.

Meanwhile the Sales Trolley at the South Street Café was getting a minor makeover.  The sign writing is still to be done, but check it out and the wonderful planters and heathers for sale there. And if you path does not go via South Street, there is always the Café at Mill Street where they can be bought (Along with great coffees, teas, rolls etc).


Thursday 9 March

It was time for another sortie to the Ladeside Plant Centre for all the volunteers and Jobseekers.  The beds behind the Sales Area were being cleared and prepared for planting up with herbs (mainly parsley and chives), for use in the Mill Street, South Street and CATH kitchens.  Also look out for fresh cut herbs for sale soon at the Cafes.

Thinking even further ahead, broccoli, kale and cabbage seedlings were being planted out and hidden away from the pigeons as you can see!  (Maybe the Scarecr in  The t Ma May


PS The Scarecrow in the background isn’t a permanent fixture!

Tales from the Walled Garden at Springlands

Tuesday 28 February

A frosty start to the morning, but that didn’t deter my volunteers, Shiona, Gudrun (welcome back) and new ‘girl’ Jean, from forking over some of the veg beds.  Meanwhile planters (and more rhubarb crowns) were being prepared to take to Mill Street and South Street.

Don’t they look fabulous – priced at £8 and £10 and there’s more to replace them – great for Mother’s Day, with a bow FOC – Go to Mill Street, South Street or visit us at Springlands on Isla Road.

Wednesday 1 March – St David’s Day

Still frosty, but ideal for Jean and Ali to go and prick out tomato plants in the glasshouse, Moneymaker, Golden Sunrise and Ailsa Craig, – look for them to plant in May and all those red and yellow fruits from  July.

Meanwhile, Poppies and Foxgloves, spotted in the garden, were being dug up and potted.

Thursday 2 March

Back to thoughts of summer, so time for Fiona and Liz to start sowing more bedding plants – Poached Egg plants, Snapdragons, and Mesembryanthemum (Livingstone Daisy) to name but a few.

Hopefully we should soon know our way around the Garden, as new Signage (prepared from wood ‘lying around’ the garden!), was being manufactured – will show it off next week