Prince Charles’ restaurant was due to open for the first time tonight in a North-east village.
The Ballater eatery, located in the derelict Netherley Place building formerly occupied by Co-op, aims to provide a new amenity for the local community and stimulate local commerce and tourism following last year’s devastating floods which hit the North-east.
Storm Frank saw more than 300 homes and 60 businesses destroyed in the Highland village alone.
The site for the restaurant and Highgrove Shop was donated by the Co-operative Group for a peppercorn rent and converted by The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust Outreach Programme, a charity chaired by HRH Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland. The project has also been supported by The Ballater Flood Appeal.
Guy Fenton, who will be head chef at The Rothesay Rooms for the first six months of the enterprise, said: “We will be using locally-sourced produce to help suppliers get back on their feet following last year’s floods. There’s such variation in our menu and something to whet the appetite of every diner who comes here.”
So far bookings at the restaurant have been very good.
The eatery is also looking to employ new staff.
Robert Lovie, who has overseen the project, said: “The amount of bookings we have taken for tables at The Rothesay Rooms since we announced the opening date last week have proven that the restaurant will be a welcome new amenity for the local community in Ballater. Whilst we have already employed several local people to work in both the restaurant and the Highgrove Shop, we are still recruiting and would welcome applications from anyone that has an interest in food and hospitality.”
The Highgrove shop opened at the end of October and was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.