A CAFE near North Berwick made up from a collection of upcycled shipping containers has re-opened its doors after lockdown and its facilities have seen an upgrade during the time it has been closed.

DRIFT is found in Canty Bay, east of North Berwick and its owners are urging people to support agritourism businesses.

It delayed its planned July 20 reopening, but its owners Joanna McNicol and her husband Stuart continued to work hard to get the cafe ready ahead of its reopening on Monday (July 27).

The cafe is also located near the couple's family farm about half a mile away.

As well as an inside space, which will not be opened straight away, DRIFT has an upgraded outdoor seating area with bespoke palette tables, making the most of its coastal surroundings.

It is this outdoor space which is currently open, a takeaway service is also available.

Also new is a horse trailer, which acts as a new serving area for outdoor customers.

Joanna said: “There is nowhere quite like DRIFT in relation to its offer, its location and its unique set up. It has been built out of love and something we are incredibly proud of.

“The café has become an integral part of the community and a fantastic visitor destination for those touring the east coast so we are incredibly excited to be reopening and getting back to what we do best. 

“We have been inundated with people asking when we will be able to reopen and with lockdown limiting so many in towns and cities we expect to see a surge in visitors keen to enjoy open space and the great outdoors. DRIFT is perfectly placed to serve just that.

“We are very lucky to enjoy some of the best views on offer and the wildlife and sea life around here is remarkable. Just last week we witnessed a pod of dolphins playing not too far from the shore – it’s something we will never take for granted and are eager to share with our customers.

“In the last few months agritourism has taken a real blow and the pandemic has been brutally difficult for many small businesses. I am hopeful that as lockdown eases the nation will support small entrepreneurial businesses and keep places like DRIFT alive.”

The cafe opened in line with Visit Scotland's new health and safety industry standard ‘We’re Good To Go’ which reassures customers that a Covid-19 risk assessment has been completed and the business is adhering to all of the appropriate government and public health guidance.

The scheme has set the standard across the whole of the UK in conjunction with over 40 industry bodies.

DRIFT welcomes visitors from across the globe and makes its food using local or Scottish produce. 

Last year it welcomed more than 80,000 visitors to enjoy its food and homebaking, which uses local produce where possible.

For more information visit DRIFT's Facebook page.