Boutique baker banishes boredom with coffee shop venture by the sea

A woman who started a boutique patisserie while she was bored of staying at home during the pandemic, has expanded to open a coffee shop where the views are as divine as the cakes.

Katie Urquhart said she has had the idea for years, and dreamed of the venture while working as a European Fisheries Fund Co-ordinator.

“I have also worked at the Cullen Sea School, so this is a huge change in career for me, but I’m living my passion now!” she added.

The new coffee shop, Torta Findhorn, is in the Royal Findhorn Yacht Club and looks out on Findhorn Bay. Entry is by path along the beach, and with a balcony that looks over to Culbin Forest, the views are every bit as tasty as the coffee.

She and her husband have been members of the club for 12 years and the space she is renting used to be a seafood restaurant. Seats are available inside and out.

Katie now serves breakfasts, lunches, brunches and in her own words ‘the best cake and coffee in town’

Katie also explained how she likes to use local food producers: “The coffee comes from the Speyside Coffee Company, food comes from Macbeths Butchers and Macleans Bakery; the flowers and microgreens comes from the Teeny Weeny Farm in Dyke and Rising Roots in Duffus. In the summer we will have Stews and Drews Ice cream too!”

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Katie is seeking staff for all departments. If you are interested in working at Torta, please contact Katie at

Torta Findhorn
Staff at Torta Findhorn – left to right, Emma Durkacz, chef Nathalay Ford, manager Lewis Drabble and owner Katie Urquhart.

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4 thoughts on “Boutique baker banishes boredom with coffee shop venture by the sea”

  1. This will be great. When we were up last year it was disappointing. Been coming up now for 62 years. Born in Forres though. No place like home. Can’t wait to try the cakes. Best of luck with your venture.


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