Cafe success a good omen for The Lodge

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The new management team at Cafe @ the Lodge is set to make a big contribution to the success of the new-look visitor centre when it re-opens later this year – if their current success is anything to go by!

Providing catering services at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Lodge Visitor Centre at Aberfoyle for a year, the team has thought nothing of decanting to the mini-Lodge and continuing to do a roaring trade offering homemade soup, sandwiches, toasties, snacks, cakes and hot and cold drinks

Mairi Buchanan, for the Commission’s team in Aberfoyle, said:

“It was quite an ask to get the Café @ the Lodge team to move into the Mini-Lodge, especially as they hadn’t long taken over the catering facilities there - but they’ve really come up trumps.

“Visitors are sometimes surprised to see refurbishment work at the main Lodge well under way but they’re always pleased to find that they can still stop in at the Mini-Lodge for some refreshments after a walk around the waterfall trail and wildlife trails.

“The fact that Café @ the Lodge is such a big hit is a really good sign that the team are going to make a big contribution to the success of our updated, modernised and refreshed Lodge from the moment it’s officially opened!”

The Lodge will re-open this summer and the Mini-Lodge will be in service until then during the following times:

• Open Daily throughout February  10am  3pm
• Open Daily throughout  March, 10am - 4pm
• Open Daily throughout April  - June, 10am - 5pm
Open Daily throughout July and August 10am – 6pm

For more information about the refurbishment programme and to get an idea of what the made-over Lodge will look like, visit:

Notes to Editors
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3. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.
4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507.