Fraserburgh’s Lighthouse Museum has unveiled its most recent upgrades to the Fraserburgh Herald this week, the Stevenson Café having been transformed into a more modern, attractive eatery.
The upgrades are part of the museum’s continued improvement under the guidance of new business manager Gary Campbell and his team at the Fraserburgh tourist attraction, having last year been able to keep the attraction open for the winter season following their prior season closure.
On Monday afternoon, as visitors continued to visit the café for teas and snacks, Mr Campbell explained the work that had gone in to the café’s expansion and how he felt now that, following several weeks of work by Manor Property Solutions at the museum, the café was back in operation.
“We’re delighted - it’s a big, big investment for us. We’ve spent a huge proportion of our reserves on the refurbishment in the effort to give it as good as an atmosphere as possible for people visiting.
“Basically, the only thing that is still here from before is the fridge and microwave. Everything is new - it’s a complete refit down to the floors,” he added.
Mr Campbell continued by saying that the new café would allow the Lighthouse Museum to continue to expand its offering to the local community, saying: “It puts us in the position where we can press ahead with our evening meal offers,” the Lighthouse Museum having revealed previously their intentions to offering an alternative place to sample local produce in the evenings.
He told the Fraserburgh Herald that this would officially launch next Friday, March 29, and would run on Fridays and Saturdays until later in the season, when the café would serve visitors throughout the weekend, having hired an extra chef to help ensure things run as smoothly as possible.
Mr Campbell also took the time to thank the contractors involved in the build, saying that Peter Cheyne of Manor Property Solutions had done an excellent job for the museum.
“They’ve been great, we’re really pleased.
“They’ve bought in to what we’re doing and been brilliant for us, and have gone well beyond what you’d expect from a standard contractor,” he added.
In April, the Lighthouse Museum will welcome the Focus Environment 2013 exhibition of photographs, sponsored and organised by Chevron.
The exhibition is the culmination of the environmental photography competition for secondary school pupils throughout Scotland, encouraging people between 11 and 18-years-old to demonstrate an awareness of the natural world around them.
For images of the Lighthouse Museum’s recent renovation, as it happened, please visit their Facebook page by searching for Museum of Scottish Lighthouses on Facebook.
The museum is currently operating under its summer timetable, 10am to 5pm each day (from 12pm on Tuesdays).