A foodie’s tour of Aberdeenshire: it’s fit for a prince

January 3, 2017

Local holidaymaker Prince Charles has opened a restaurant near Balmoral, eastern Scotland, one of many showcasing the area’s superb fresh ingredients

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Blimey, it’s wet here. The 40-minute drive from Aberdeen airport to Banchory is through overhanging woods and rain-dark farmland, as unseen elves chuck endless buckets of rainwater at me.

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Aberdeenshire is no stranger to wet weather. A year ago this month, incessant rain and unseasonal snowmelt resulted in the county’s worst floods for 200 years. At Ballater the river Dee burst its banks and in minutes the main street was under water. Local holidaymaker Prince Charles has joined the villagers’ valiant rebuilding efforts by repurposing an ex Co-op as a restaurant. It opened last month, shining the spotlight on the region’s excellent fresh and wild ingredients. These I’m game to discover, together with the rest of Deeside’s foodie scene.

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