A new 340-seat restaurant was officially opened in Dyce this morning creating 90 new jobs for the area.
Dyce Farm is part of the Farmhouse Inn chain and can be found on International Avenue in the ABZ Business Park.
Specialising in carvery, cakes and ice-cream the new venture has pledged to raise funds for Maggie’s Aberdeen Centre throughout their first year.
Paula Cormack, Maggie’s Centre Fundraising Manager made the official ribbon cut this morning and said: “We are thrilled that Dyce Farm have chosen Maggie’s to be their charity for the year ahead; this kind of fundraising is vital for the centre. We run entirely on voluntary contributions, they are our lifeline and a great way of including people in the local area.
“Maggie’s provides practical, emotional and social support all the way through from diagnosis. We are cancer support specialists and out ethos is to provide confidence through information; to enable patients to take back some control.”
John Tracey, Dyce Farm General Manager said: “Our first fundraiser for Maggie’s will be the ‘Christmas 5000’ raffle. Tickets will be priced at £1 and the winner will receive £2,500 cash with the other £2,500 going straight to Maggie’s. The draw will take place on Christmas Eve.”
“We are also going to have coffee and cake mornings every Saturday.”
Andy Macleod, Regional Manager at Farmhouse Inns said: “We are very excited to be opening our sixth Scottish site and looking forward to opening many more. The Dyce team have all been working really hard and to see the progression of the team is amazing, but actually we are always on the lookout for great staff to join us anytime.”
Owned by Greene King Ltd, Dyce Farm offers a range of ‘baked on site’ cakes, a ‘cake-away’ option and freshly made food that has been sourced locally.
The colourful ice-cream parlour is stocked by UK Company Beechdean and boasts ten different flavours all of which are organically produced by their own herd of Jersey cows in Buckinghamshire.
General Manager John Tracey said: “This is a significant investment from Greene King and I’m sure the food offering is going to be a big hit with both locals and visitors. We make all of our cakes on site and are always looking for new ideas or recipes.
“Our first weekly quiz is on Tuesday at 9pm and from 11 November we will have live music every Friday night.
“We are taking bookings now for our Christmas Day menu and also for our Hogmanay party. We have secured a discount with the Marriott Hotel for New Year accommodation.”