The Rothesay Rooms
The Rothesay Rooms restaurant and Highgrove Shop, established in Ballater by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, following flooding and fire in the village in 2015, have proved a hit with local people and tourists since opening in early-2017.
The fine dining restaurant The Rothesay Rooms and adjacent luxury gift retailer Highgrove Shop on the village’s Netherley Place were set up to drive tourism to the area after floods swept through the village in late-2015 and the Old Royal Station was destroyed by fire in May of that year.
The businesses were established in Ballater as part of an outreach programme by The Prince’s Foundation, then known as The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust. The Rothesay Rooms, open from Wednesday evening to Sunday lunchtime each week, has become increasingly popular as a high-class dining experience for locals and visitors alike.
Business has also been brisk at the next-door Highgrove shop, which purveys a popular range of products inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, including gifts, food and drink, and clothing. All profits from the sale of Highgrove products are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.
Head chef at the restaurant is Ross Cochrane. Ross was named North East Chef of the Year at the Hospitality Training Awards in 2017 while The Rothesay Rooms itself earned top honour in the Restaurant of the Year category.
Prior to the establishment of The Rothesay Rooms and Highgrove shop, The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation made a donation in 2016 towards the community effort to restore Ballater Caravan Site following the flooding.