Prince Charles, or the Duke of Rothesay, as he is known in Scotland, has officially opened up his own restaurant and gift shop in Ballater.
Many homes and small businesses were badly affected when the Aberdeenshire village suffered severe flood damage in December last year when the River Dee burst its banks during Storm Frank.
Prince Charles’ Ballater flood Appeal has raised £160,00 since January. Now, breathing a new lease of life into the flood damaged Co-op on Netherley Place, the derelict building houses a restaurant called the Rothesay Rooms and a Highgrove gift shop.
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited Ballater, Scotland, last night and previewed a new restaurant and Highgrove Shop. pic.twitter.com/I6McH2cIaj— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) October 12, 2016
Prince Charles stated that the whole idea came from a comment made by the local butcher, Barry Florence, who floated the idea of opening a Highgrove shop in Ballater.
"That is what really started this whole idea. It was entirely due to my going into Sheridan's butchers to see how they were getting on.”
"There has been a lot of effort in the last six months or so since the disastrous floods that did so much damage to poor old Ballater."
“I hope this particular restaurant and shop will help to give a little boost to Ballater, particularly in the off-season”
“I am hoping we may be able to use the kitchen facilities here as part of a skills training for young people.”
Using locally sourced produce, the restaurant’s focus will be on sustainability and with the aim of training up young people in its kitchen and attracting tourists, the restaurant will open in November and the Highgrove shop will open at the end of this month.