The Carriage in Ballater is more than just a café. It’s also a tearoom, a bistro, a shop and a trip down memory lane. Slide into a leather banquette with your morning newspaper, and it’s as if you’re sitting in an old steam train, surrounded by travel posters evoking a more nostalgic time. Hearty homemade café fare such as soup and scones are served during the day, then from Thursday to Saturday the space transforms into a bistro for the evening.

Rothesay Rooms and The Carriage are sister businesses, both run by The Prince’s Foundation, and as such strive to create local employment and to work with the community. Executive Chef Ross Cochrane and Head Chef Bartek Bukowski work with local suppliers and seasonal food to offer a spread of dining across the establishments, from luxury dining to bistro food, but never compromising on flavour and provenance.

A very special treat awaits at The Carriage for anyone who feels that afternoon tea has lost its way. Book an afternoon tea in the tearoom just off the platform, and you will be treated to a truly Royal-style taste experience, from the dainty cucumber sandwiches to the mini, melt-in-your-mouth scones, and topped with delights such as cream cheese and blueberry tart, passion fruit and white chocolate delice, rhubarb and custard crumble and faultless macarons.

Anyone looking for private dining with wow factor should definitely consider the sumptuous surroundings of the Royal Waiting Room, and if you’d like a souvenir to remember your visit, the Highgrove Shop is at the end of the platform, stocked with a
range of Highgrove products including the beautiful china used for the afternoon teas.

Tel: 013397 55797

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