Welcome back to the Grassic Gibbon Centre and Cafe!
Wet it was that spring: March came flooding in rains down the length and breadth of the guttering Howe; every night you’d hear the swash of the water if your place in the bed was next to the wall; the gulls were up from the Bervie beaches and cawing at all hours over the parks.Lewis Grassic Gibbon, “Greenden” in Smeddum. p. 711.
Wet or shine, come visit the Grassic Gibbon Centre and Cafe on March 2nd for its re-opening. This season, we welcome Teresa Lindsay-Murray as the new Manager, supported by returning Cafe Assistant Amanda Cowie. The Centre opens at 10 am this Monday, so why not drop by and try out the new menus, delicious cakes, steaming cuppas, and aromatic coffees? The Grassic Gibbon Centre is dedicated to the famous writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon who wrote Scotland’s favourite novel Sunset Song. Why not come sample the new delcious food on offer and also learn more about the writer, his works, and historical Arbuthnott? With her extensive traveling hospitality experience, Teresa brings a fresh perspective to the Cafe and we hope you will come and make yourself at home at the Centre in the heart of the Arbuthnott community.
A personal note from our new Manager:
“From my travel experiences, I hope to be able to bring together a global fusion of cuisine that uses Scottish produce. I want to demonstrate that the Heritage Centre has much more to offer than what the public might expect!”- Teresa Lindsay-Murray
“The Grassic Gibbon Centre has great potential for attracting visitors from both near and far who are interested in the author Lewis Grassic Gibbon and the local history of The Mearns farming community. The centre is in a lovely country location, yet main road fronted and with a spacious car park, toilet facilities (including disabled) and a large equipped Children’s outside play area …within view of parents. In addition, there is a community hall which will be utilised for exhibitions, plays, concerts, business events, seminars, celebrations etc. It is the business plan for 2020 and onwards to further develop the Centre’s activities and also create an excellent reputation for quality food and friendly service.” – Teresa Lindsay-Murray
Teresa has a well-structured career in the hospitality industry, commencing with Singapore Airlines for thirteen years. She speaks six languages fluently.
After her marriage to a British oil industry executive, she moved around the world with her husband, living in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Norway, Canada, Scotland, Qatar, and France. The couple settled in Monaco for six years whilst her children were young and her husband was still working .
In 2010, she returned to live permanently in Scotland and bought a country hotel in Aberdeenshire which she operated successfully for a period of eight years. At the hotel, she increased the turnover and created an excellent reputation for warm hospitality, efficient service and quality food. After selling her hotel, Teresa took the position of Centre Manager at the Grassic Gibbon Centre and intends to use her many years of hospitality management experience to further the Centre activities; in particular, she is focusing on the development of the café, serving a wide variety of delicious food.