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Visitors to Crieff’s MacRosty Park will be able to enjoy food and drink this summer as new tenants get ready take over the Pavilion Café.

Crieff couple Derek and Carys Hughes will welcome customers to the Pavilion Café this month after taking up the lease from Perth and Kinross Council. 

The Pavilion was converted into a café as part of a £1.9m park regeneration project in 2010. 

The previous operator gave up the lease in March 2024 after seven years. The Pavilion is owned by the Crieff Common Good Fund, so the Council consulted the local community about whether they would like to see the café reopened or if the building should be used for something else. 

People overwhelmingly gave a thumbs-up to the idea of the café reopening, and so the Council launched a tendering process to find new operators. 

Businesspeople Derek and Carys were the successful bidders and have taken up the lease. They are now busy getting ready to open up for the summer season.

Derek said: “We’re really looking forward to getting the keys soon and opening up for customers. We plan to hold barbeques and pizza nights, Christmas events and open the space up for community groups to use all year round and really get the most out of.”

They will serve hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches, rolls, breakfasts, flatbreads, ice cream and a range of other treats in their indoor and outdoor seating areas. 

Carys added: “We want the Pavilion to be for everyone. We’ll be organising art and treasure-hunt events in the park for kids and families, as well as intergenerational events bringing people together. We want to work really closely with the local community and groups like the Friends of MacRosty Park and Crieff Community Council to give people what they want. It’s important to us that the Pavilion is a space for the whole community. We can’t wait to get started in this beautiful park.”

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