The team behind Deli Gasta are to take over management of the former Armadale Castle Stables Restaurant. The new café, Gasta at Armadale Castle, will be based in the restored 19th century stables building at the castle entrance. It opens on 26 March.
The new collaboration is part of a number of new initiatives taking place this year at Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum, which was formerly known as the Clan Donald Centre. Developments include enhanced interpretation around the castle and gardens and a new WWI-related exhibition in the museum, in collaboration with Highland Museums and local schoolchildren. Completing the organisation’s recent rebrand, a new website, www.armadalecastle.com (by Skye-based Pelican Design), will be launched mid-March.
Skye-based entrepreneur James Robertson, of Deli Gasta and the Skye Candle Company, commented: "We are hugely excited to be collaborating on this new venture. At Deli Gasta we have built a reputation for fresh, local food and we look forward to extending this offering to the new venue. Armadale Castle is a stunning location steeped in history, a popular destination for visitors but also at the heart of a local community. We are looking forward to building on this success and welcoming the Castle’s tens of thousands of visitors while branching out in some exciting new directions."
Sue Geale, Museum Manager at Armadale Castle commented: "James’s vision and entrepreneurial flair are the perfect fit for our ambitions as we take Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum to the next level. The new team are fizzing with ideas and enthusiasm and we are all looking forward to opening for the new season on 26 March."
Local businesses will be able to get an advance preview of the new developments at an event on Thursday 22 March. Marketing Manager Christine Davis adds: "We invite all visitor-facing businesses and organisations to join us to get a taster of what’s new and meet the team. You can find details of how to register on our Facebook page or Eventbrite."