Media Release: EatScotland success for Dean’s café/bistro

DEAN’S café/bistro, which forms an integral part of the Dean’s Visitor Centre – Scotland’s first visitor centre dedicated to shortbread – is celebrating after receiving EatScotland accreditation standards.

This follows the recent win at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards in May, where the leading producer of premium quality shortbread and related hand-baked products scooped the Food & Drink Tourism category for its popular attraction.

Based in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, just off the A96 Aberdeen-Inverness road, the centre annually draws around 80,000 visitors from the UK and beyond.

It boasts a café/bistro, which offers a selection of home-bakes, snacks, traditional hot meals and daily specials. It also features a viewing gallery, which allows spectators to watch the staff at work in the factory and a five star gift shop.

Bill Dean, managing director of Dean’s, was delighted with this latest honour.

He said: “We’re delighted to have received this recognition for the café/bistro within our visitor centre. We opened it in 2007, and have been receiving a fantastic response from the public ever since. Our gift shop has also received VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance Five-star Award.

“We decided to open the new facility as we wanted to widen the overall experience for our visitors and since opening, we have continually seen visitor numbers increase.”

EatScotland is a quality assurance ‘where to eat’ scheme from VisitScotland and a website promoting all positive aspects of food and drink in Scotland. It aims to promote great Scottish eateries and raise the profile of Scottish food as an important part of tourism, giving credit to those who are achieving high standards and encouraging others to aspire to that standard.

For further information on Dean’s, visit or contact 01466 792086.


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