A new cafe and restaurant opened today in Brechin, Angus, just off the A90.
Having had the idea for the Angus Larder and Grill in May last year, the team at micro-investment and advisory firm CAM Ventures opened their first restaurant in the former Bonnybreich Coffee Bothy.
After noticing the crippling effects the hospitality industry has suffered throughout the coronavirus pandemic, partners Will Macpherson and Campbell Archibald formed CAM Ventures last May with an interest in investing in people who were made redundant during the pandemic.
They also wanted to give those looking for a fresh start in the industry the chance to do so by supporting their businesses.
After passing the old cafe on the main road, Campbell saw the potential of the premises and invested a six-figure sum to transform it.
What is on the menu?
This venue is now home to Angus Grill and Larder, which will offer a range of delicious dishes and serve everything from breakfast to lunch, with early dinner options also available.
The menu includes an array of burgers, five different hot dogs, toasted sandwiches, salads, a variety of sides, milkshakes, cola ice cream floats, lemonade or cream soda, as well as New York cheesecakes.
A children’s menu is also available.
The aim is for all dishes to be freshly prepared, incorporate local produce and be of high quality.
Local chef, Kieran Turner, is the head chef and joins the business from Roo’s Leap in Montrose. He will lead the team of seven and run the front and back of the house.
Menu items will be available to sit down and enjoy and can also be ordered to take away.
Co-owner Will Macpherson said: ‘There’s not a lot of road south from Aberdeen and Forfar. We are the only one on the main road and the cafes on the north side are quite old fashioned.
“We’re trying to create something that wouldn’t feel out of place in Dundee, Edinburgh or Aberdeen. It’s a town center type setup but on the side of a main road.
“We don’t use big wholesalers, we use local suppliers as much as possible. We want people to taste the difference in our burgers.
Local vendors include butcher Bruce Brymer in Brechin, Turriff’s Montrose for fruits and vegetables, and Montrose Phoenix Bakehouse for bread and Caked’n’Fudge for sweets.
Angus Larder and Grill will also focus on showcasing the finest Scottish produce serving produce from across the country including game, cakes and more.
The recipes will also have a local focus in an effort to impress their visitors with their authentic taste.
How is the place?
Sparing no expense to make Angus Grill and Larder as special as possible, the venue has an indoor seating area for 35 and an additional 25 seats outside.
Will hopes the place will give people “a reason to stop” and wants it to become a destination for all ages to frequent.
In addition to the cafe and restaurant, there is also an exercise area for the dogs, themed toilets painted by local artists, and there are plans to have beehives on site as well as a charging area for electric vehicles.
Angus Grill and Larder has already caught the eye of locals, including Scottish football star John Souttar, who was the venue’s first customer this morning.
Will and Campbell hope to open two more Grill and Larder concepts over the next six months and they have already invested in the new Scottish brand of ready-to-drink cocktails Angel’s Dare Cocktails.
The restaurant will be open Thursday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and plans to open seven days a week as spring approaches.
The project is the first hotel management project for the company, which hopes to open two more Grill + Larder concepts over the next six months.
Address: Angus Larder and Grill, Balnabriech, Brechin, DD9 6RN
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