The tearoom at Ardencraig Gardens in Rothesay is now open to the public - thanks to the efforts of a team of volunteers from a local thrift shop.
Not content with raising more than £20,000 for good causes on the island in their first year of operation, For Bute has now opened the doors of the tearoom next door to the gardens, which are used to produce the town’s award-winning floral displays and are a significant visitor attraction in their own right.
We reported last month that For Bute had secured the lease for the tearoom from Argyll and Bute Council, which owns both the building and the adjacent gardens.
Bute’s three councillors, Robert Macintyre, Isobel Strong and Len Scoullar, went along to the tearoom - to be properly known as the Potting Shed Tea and Coffee Emporium - this week to declare the premises open.
Marlene Hill from For Bute said: “The tearoom is all run by volunteers. It’s mainly to help the gardens - any profit we make will go back to For Bute, but as long as it wipes its face, that’s all we’re bothered about.”
The tearoom was last open to the public in 2010 when it was leased by the Isle of Bute Cake Company.
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