Scone Palace works with local businesses to bring a fresh look to their coffee shop

19 April 2016

Visitors to Scone Palace can savour a scone in style as the top visitor attraction has completed a refurbishment of their popular coffee shop. 

Once the Servants’ Hall, the coffee shop has refreshed its look after the Palace brought in specialist painters and decorators to create a brighter environment for visitors to enjoy whilst showcasing the new visual panels depicting the provenance story of ingredients used in the Palace kitchens and coffee shop. 2015 saw Scone awarded VisitScotland’s esteemed Taste Our Best award, a quality assurance scheme which celebrates the very best in locally sourced Scottish produce.

The crowning place of Scottish Kings worked closely with an expert group of quality Scottish suppliers to complete the renovations, including Britain’s oldest independent paint manufacturer, Craig & Rose, general building and civil engineering company, Marshall Construction and Service Graphics who are the UK’s largest visual solutions service provider.

The fresh new look has been done to tie-in with a year of celebrations, as Scone Palace marks 50 years since it first opened their doors to the public to become a visitor attraction in the Spring of 1966. Since then, Scone Palace has welcomed millions of visitors from all over the world in the last half a century.

Scone Palace also commissioned local PR and marketing company, Volpa, to design the vibrant new wall panels which tell the story of the fresh food available in the coffee shop, from being sown and grown in the Palace’s Kitchen Garden, to being prepared and served to visitors.

Sarah Butler, Chief Executive at Scone Palace, commented:

“The renovations to the Palace coffee shop have been an effective collaboration between all of the different suppliers, both locally and national, and it has been fantastic to see all the elements come together. We are delighted with the end result. Each company has helped to create a fresh and vibrant new look to our coffee shop without losing the heritage and charm.”

Craig & Rose has been creating paints for stately homes all over the UK for 187 years and has likely been providing their services to Scone Palace since the 18th century. Famous for providing the paint for the Forth Rail Bridge for over 100 years, Dunfermline–based Craig & Rose are no strangers to creating paints that reflect period in history. Stephen Percy-Robb, Managing Director of Craig & Rose, explained:

“The paint we produce for Scone Palace is very different from the paint product we all know and use in many of our own homes today. We produced approximately 50 litres of paint for the renovation work in the coffee shop. The colour is called Pale Mortlake which is a cream shade that was used in the Renaissance period. Our business has being running for nearly two centuries, but many stately homes including Scone Palace are much, much older than ourselves and we are very proud to be able to help retain the heritage of these homes using traditional methods.”

Glasgow-based Service Graphics provided the new wall panels in the coffee shop.  Hamish Hood, Senior Sales Consultant at Service Graphics, commented:

“Similar to Scone Palace, we have been offering our services and expertise for 50 years. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Scone Palace on their coffee shop project. Having worked with Scone Palace on various projects since 2002, it is always a pleasure to provide visual solutions, such as these vibrant new wall panels, for such an iconic visitor attraction. Service Graphics crosses many different sectors including signage and interior graphics for stately homes like Scone Palace. We hope Scone Palace are as pleased with the end result as we are.”

While Craig & Rose supplied the hand-made paint, Marshall Construction carried out the decorative work in the coffee shop and have also been working on some refurbishments in the residential areas of the Palace. Gareth Bland, Business Development Manager at Marshall Construction, said:

“Marshall Construction has worked with Scone Palace for a number of years having gained significant expertise working in historic buildings throughout Scotland. We have worked on several projects around the Palace in recent years including refurbishment work to the second floor creating the five-star Balvaird Apartment. We are currently working on more refurbishments across residential areas of the Palace as well as the redecoration of the coffee shop. We take immense pride in being given the opportunity to work in such an old and iconic stately home and look forward to building on our long term collaborative relationship with Scone Palace.”

First opening to the public in 1966, Scone Palace is celebrating this 50th anniversary year by offering all visitors throughout 2016 the opportunity to upgrade their Palace and Grounds Entrance Ticket to a Palace and Grounds Season Ticket at no extra charge, meaning visitors can enjoy unlimited entry throughout the season, from March 25th – October 31st, 2016.