Festive Opening Hours

The big day is approaching fast (have YOU finished your Christmas shopping yet??) so we thought it was about time we told everyone our festive opening hours:

Both Cafe’s will be CLOSED:

  • 25th December 2017
  • 26th December 2017
  • 1st January 2018
  • 2nd January 2018

Service on both sides of these dates will continue as normal.

Don’t forget you can get your REAL high quality Nordmann Fir Christmas tree from our 2 Perth sites right up until the 23rd of December – the easy way to support our local cause!

New magazine for Giraffe launched

Not content with just a newsletter, Giraffe has launched its very own magazine entitled Our Neck of the Woods.

It’s a 16 page A5 booklet full of things we’ve been up to over the last few months and we’d love you to pop into the cafe’s to read it.

Here’s the digital version:


Zuppa winner announced at Perth Winter Fest

Zuppa, The Great Perthshire Soup Competition, held its finale in Perth City Centre last Sunday as part of the Great Perth Feast.

Our 8 finalist soups were on offer to passers-by who were then asked to vote for their favourite recipe. The winning soup was Curried Potato and Apple which was submitted by Lorna Becher from Perth.

First prize was a fantastic £250 Perth Gift Card which was kindly donated to the competition by Perth City Centre.

Congratulations Lorna!

Santa runners to raise money for new kitchen

Weʼre raising £500 to help refurbish the training kitchen in our South St Cafe.

Three fantastic staff members in Giraffe are raising money for our great local cause. Giraffe aims to support individuals with barriers to employment by providing structured training, work experience and social support.

Our training kitchen in South Street is desperately in need of an upgrade so that we can train more people and run more effectively as a cafe.

Sponsor Sarah (Operations Manager), Steven (Kitchen Manager) and Laura (Cafe Supervisor) as they run Perth’s Santa Run, 2017, and help us achieve our target of just £500 towards our much needed renovation.


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)

Ticket type

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 volunteer@checkin-giraffe.uk 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