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Duff House launches new tearoom

31 October 2012

Duff House in Banff, has unveiled its new look tearoom to the public.

Customers from the local community together with Councillors and representatives from Banffshire businesses descended on the House on Tuesday evening (30th October) to mark the official opening.

The refurbishment of the existing space, incorporates the use of mirrors and glass to create a lighter and more contemporary feel, whilst complementing the historic surroundings.

It also includes a striking new wall mural, telling the story of the house and its people through the decades.  

The House is one of Scotland’s finest Georgian buildings and is home to a collection of superb artworks on permanent loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism for Historic Scotland, who manages the House, said;

“Duff House has performed many functions in the past from being the home of the Duff family, one of the North East’s most prominent families, to a country house hotel in the early part of the twentieth century.

“The new Tearoom has been designed to reflect the elegance of the rest of the house whilst incorporating a modern edge.

“The space can be used for a variety of purposes from afternoon teas to corporate events, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the new facility. “

The refurbishment was carried out by 442 Design and is run by Benugo, who also provide catering services to heritage sites including Edinburgh Castle and Westminster Abbey.  

A new winter menu, based on using local products wherever possible, was unveiled at the opening whilst a Christmas menu will also be launched next month.

The House, which operates as a five star visitor attraction also runs a series of events throughout the winter season, which were previewed at the event.

Rachel Kennedy, Duff House Manager said;

“The Tearoom is a great place to take a break whether you are a local resident popping down for a coffee with friends or just visiting the area, and this winter we have lots of activities planned to suit all ages.

“From 1st November a series of historic talks are planned. We are also delighted to be hosting Historic Scotland’s Building Scotland exhibition, a fascinating display that tells the socio-economic stories behind Scotland’s built landscape.”

For more information on the winter programme visit the Duff House website at or visit our Facebook page.

Duff House winter opening hours are Thursday to Sunday (11am-4pm), 1st November to  31st March 2013.

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