Brodie in Drumoak

The family behind Brodie Countryfare, near Forres, has announced proposals to create a “tourist hub” in the heart of Deeside, on the outskirts of Drumoak.

Brodie Countryfare has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PoAN) to Aberdeenshire Council for the tourism development which, if approved, would be located around 1km to the west of Drumoak, just north of the A93.

Situated on the main tourist route to Deeside, the centre would create “a major tourist destination” for the North-east, while still continuing to offer many of the products and goods available at Brodie Countryfare.

Anna Taylor, managing director at Brodie Countryfare, said: “It has long been my ambition, as a local resident of the area, to create a tourism destination similar to the concept that has been hugely successful at Brodie, and bring that concept to the glorious surroundings of Deeside. I believe the proposals would complement existing businesses within the Deeside and wider Aberdeenshire area, and would offer tourists a unique experience, encompassing the very best that Scotland, and the North-east has to offer.”

The proposals will include a tourist information point which will provide visitors to the area with information on where to visit in Deeside and the Aberdeenshire area. Further proposals include a foodhall, cafe bar and restaurant. It will stock a range of gifts, homeware and clothing similar to that at Brodie.

“As with our foodhall and restaurant at Brodie, at Drumoak we will be looking to build on our local supplier base to ensure that the very best of the North-east larder is made available for tourists and locals alike,” said Ms Taylor. “We will also be dedicated to working closely with local suppliers to provide a niche for their products through hosting tasting evenings and local sourcing events to showcase the vibrant and high-quality range of goods that Deeside and the shire has to offer.”

The outdoor space will include a mazed garden, a pond and an area for dog walkers.

“We will be consulting with local communities in the coming months as well as importantly liaising with the local business community. In the new year we will be looking to formally display our proposals at a series of public exhibitions.”