It’s been seven years since Cammies Restaurant in Cammachmore last threw its doors open to the public, but that’s about to change. After meticulous restoration, the restaurant being rebuilt around its original granite core dated 1900, Cammies is to reopen.
The revamped venue will boast a restaurant, tea room and function room providing meals, high teas and private parties. The licensed restaurant will have a bias towards seafood cuisine given the sea faring history of its owner, Stonehaven man Nalin Abeyratne. He’s a seafood connoisseur promising flavours from around the world for guests to enjoy in a warm environment based on nautical themes. Nalin’s origins and sea faring past will ensure the shellfish bar and seafood grills will be a novel dining experience indeed, offering a combination of domestic and Asian style seafoods. The consumption of fish dishes won’t be obligatory, there’ll be a fulsome traditional menu and regular Sunday Carvery, with no shortage of options for vegan and vegetarian customers.
A private dining room will complement the restaurant with the ‘Captain’s Table’ providing a secluded area for personalised service in a cosy setting, whether a formal or informal gathering. There’ll also be a Function Room able to accommodate eighty guests celebrating weddings, birthdays, social or corporate events.
And last, but not at all least, will be the traditional Tea Room providing a selection of Ceylon teas alongside hot savoury foods, finger sandwiches, scones, cookies and cakes. ‘Cammies T’ will be raising awareness of the wide variety of tailored Ceylon Teas produced these days and will provide tea ceremonies, tea tasting sessions and tea cocktail evenings. Iced teas of assorted flavours and health benefits will be available too.
The history of tea is close to the heart of the Cammies team who actively traced the roots connecting tea trails between Scotland and the Far East. Did you know for example that that the very man to introduce tea to the Island of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) was from our doorstep, Auchenblae? James Taylor in 1867 not only pioneered the introduction of Tea to Ceylon but gave the entire nation the ‘Ceylon Tea’ label, an identify revered to this day by tea connoisseurs around the globe.
So there you have it, the reopening of Cammies and an experience they’re looking forward to sharing with you. The grand opening date is yet to be announced but apparently is to be measured in weeks not months, so get those tummies rumbling!