Potarch Cafe & Restaurant

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Ballogie Estate is a local food producer and the team at Potarch work with the wildlife rangers and farmers to create plates from our forests and farmland.

Our team are skilled butchers, bakers and baristas. The former Head of Coffee for Allpress Espresso, serves specialty coffee from our La Marzocco.


Specialty coffee is the highest grade of coffee available. We use the Allpress Espresso signature blend. Why? We love the balanced, clean flavours that are developed from their hot air-roasting technology. Chocolate, caramel, and candied citrus round off every shot of espresso. Our Thomas was their Head of Coffee, and spent years helping to select coffee from all over the world and train baristas to get the best out of their blends and brews. It was a no-brainer for us to turn to the team at Allpress Espresso London, they’re world renowned for a reason!


All of our venison is wild and sourced directly from Ballogie’s forests and moorland. It is nutritious and lean, making it a healthier red meat option. In line with conservation efforts, deer management is an active part of the wildlife teams’ responsibility to protect our farmland, native species and ecosystem. Stalking for hours on foot at dawn or dusk takes skill and patience, but it also results in a low impact on the environment, which makes it more sustainable. The rangers deliver the venison to our butcher and chef at Potarch. The whole process is only a 2-person supply chain that takes place within a 5 miles radius. We love this high quality product, you’ll find some firm favourites in our signature plates.


Potarch Café and Restaurant is located on the B993 just off the A93 on the south side of Potarch Bridge and next to our luxury self-catering property Potarch Lodge. It is also just a 15 minute drive on the North Deeside Road (A93) from the villages of Banchory and Aboyne. Potarch is family and dog friendly and has a relaxed atmosphere. During the summer, relax on our decking area and enjoy your meal with a glass of wine or locally brewed ale, while looking out over Potarch Green and across the fields to the River Dee. There is ample parking in our car park.


Potarch Café and Restaurant is close to the River Dee and a perfect location for enjoying outdoor activities on the estate, including our beautiful woodland walks or organised fishing outings and field sports events. Potarch is also one of the hubs on the Deeside Way, which stretches 41 miles from Aberdeen to Ballater, thus making it the perfect rest stop for cyclists and walkers. Within the grounds of the Café and Restaurant we also have a well-equipped children’s play area, which includes a sandpit and wendy house. 

  • Opening Times

    Open All Year

    Friday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm
  • Facilities
    • Child Friendly
    • Parking
    • Coach Parking
    • Pets Allowed
    • Public Transport
    • Electric vehicle charge point
    • Bicycle storage
  • Accessibility
    • Disabled Access
    • Blue Badge Parking
  • Accreditations and Awards