Anne Schaeflein

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Anne Schaefleinis the proprietor of Corbie & Cheip, Auchterarder's very own traditional delicatessen and wine bar housed in the former Gleneagles bakery.  Anne tells us all about shop life from chatting, serving and baking to meeting with artisans and the locals. 

When she is not working Anne and her family love to travel abroad but when she is in Perthshire she loves to check in to The Killiecrankie Hotel or go shopping in the Temple Gallery in Aberfeldy for Haggarts Tweed or Ruthven Galley for art.

Anne tells us all about her ideal day off including cuddling hubby on the sofa, taking her son for a long swim, breakfast (two of them!) and a nice glass of wine and good food.  She also lets us know the importance of humble people and her positive outlook that doesn't really allow her to think of any of her previous employments as truly "bad jobs".  

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Anne Schaeflein- Cafe CultureI Start at 8/8.30am to open shop up – taking deliveries and start prepping for lunch out front whilst looking after guests; cooking, chatting, baking – more serving and more anecdotes; maybe manage a light bite and a green tea with the hubby; meeting some artisans and locals who bring their crops to us as well as going off and picking herbs or fruit with the neighbouring gardens; re-stocking and turning around for the evening service – picking  our son Leopold up from nursery who will pop by the shop to say ‘ hello’ to some of our guests and might stay to have dinner.  Returning myself for some dinner service until 9-10pm or stay at home to deal with marketing and such like.

What signals the start of your weekend/days off?

Coming home late on a Sunday (earliest 10 pm) to cuddle with the hubby on our big sofa – reflecting on the day and planning the next morning.  Maybe a glass of wine and something beautiful to eat – most likely a shower and throwing on something comfy –

Getting up in no hurry and play with our son before taking him for a swim. A 2nd long family breakfast thereafter.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

That I am shy and quite indecisive when it comes to my personal life.

Top of your bucket list?

To visit Boston in autumn

Worst job you’ve ever had?

A real tough question, as I live off the motto ‘life is too short to do something one does not like…’ so not really have had such thing. Maybe more suited to me might be the hardest – which would be my very first summer job- I was yet to learn how to be ‘on stage’ and to overcome my shy persona … and get used to the long hours

Who or what inspires you?

Humble people as well as nature in itself…

to live in total harmony with one's self and with others is a very overwhelming feelingI am a pure romantic and idealist – so to live in total harmony with one's self and with others is a very overwhelming feeling as much as spending time in the outdoors – feel very blessed when I do, as I don’t manage often enough.

Tell us about the weekend you’d love to live again?

A time at ‘il pelicano’ – a then Relais & Chateau in Italy – the scenery, swimming in the sea, having dinner at their open terraced restaurant – meeting lovely people – spending two days just with my husband Max and a dear friend joining in between – fresh fruit breakfast – visiting a vineyard and just being… a very rare thing, certainly something to relive such an amazing break…

What’s the best part about your job?

Where to start …? meeting wonderful people every day and creating happiness through sharing of beautiful food and anecdotes as well finding new produce from some artisans. The ever changing season just makes a for a fab day already.

What’s in the perfect day off breakfast?

Eggs Benedict, a gunpowder tea, fresh summer berries – a Sunday magazine

Complete this sentence; The best things in life are….

simple and best shared with your loved ones & to be kept as treasured memories.


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