Pitmedden is a delightful village in the Formartine area of Aberdeenshire. It boasts country walks and community connection, a village of friendships and fortitude.
On Monday 9th November the first ever Pitmedden Community Café opened, in a previous hotel building recently acquired by the Udny Community Trust. The former hotel will now become a community hub, a beating heart for the village, its veins flowing with community spirit for the benefit of all.
Café48 is the first step on that journey. The space is bright with simple décor, offset by sparkling light fittings and flowers.
The menu comprises a variety of light meals, refreshments and freshly baked cakes. I enjoyed a delicious broccoli and cauliflower soup followed by a perfectly brewed latte.
The atmosphere is of content and relaxation, laughing chatter creating an ambience of light-hearted joy. The customer experience equals an interlude of peace; a place to go for a coffee but so much more, perhaps even to become a home from home. Pitmedden has found a heart in brick and stone. What the next steps will be, are undecided according to manager Yvonne McLeod. The vision is of a “bustling, thriving place,” and this is certainly being realised with the café. Watch this space for what – I am sure – will be exciting developments over the next few months.