Vogrie House cafe is the top of the tree

Tree Top Cafe
Tree Top Cafe

The team behind the new cafe at Vogrie House have ambitious plans for its future development, hoping to attract more visitors to the park.

The cafe which re-launched in June under the new name Tree Top Cafe, is now open all year round seven days a week.

Future plans include proposals to provide facilities for functions, training courses, team building, birthday parties and weddings.

It offers a wide menu with fresh food cooked on site, sourced from local suppliers and the aim is to use biodegradable products where possible.

The leader of the experienced management team has extensive experience in the cafe sector running cafes for the National Museums of Scotland, the National Trust and Scottish Enterprise.

Cafe Manager David Armstrong Reed says: “We are extremely enthusiastic about this new café venture and are looking forward to upgrading the café facilities and expanding the range of events that will be available from Vogrie House.

“We really want to maximise the cafe space and the associated rooms within the house to their full potential and are keen to tie into various events so that Vogrie House becomes a major community hub.

“The grounds are very impressive and we want to raise the profile of Vogrie House, in particular as a wedding venue.”

The hospitality catering will be provided by the cafe. Management are also investigating running events such as an annual Santa’s Grotto and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on August 30 with an attempt to break the record for the most teddy bears attending.

The cafe is planning a new children’s area and is organising the refurbishment of disabled toilets.

It is also now a dog friendly environment allowing dogs into the conservatory.

Visitors to the new cafe include Louise Mackenzie and her children Cara (4) and Aaron (7).

Louise said: “We think the cafe is great. Very child friendly and a good selection of food. We have made a day of it at Vogrie and also had a picnic earlier.”

Councillor Derek Rosie (SNP), cabinet member for green spaces, said: “The new managers of the Vogrie cafe have great ideas and I look forward to seeing their plans being developed.

“I would encourage anyone looking for a great day out to venture to Vogrie.

“There are great walks, a golf course, a play park and when you need refreshments - a fantastic new cafe.”

To speak to somebody regarding the cafe and the facilities that can be offered, contact 07775751606 or 07767605538.

To book a round of golf at Vogrie phone 01875 821716. Vogrie Country Park is located just off the A68 - four miles south of Dalkeith - on the B6372 near Gorebridge.

Vogrie House forms the centrepiece of Vogrie Country Park. It is the former home of the Dewar family and was built in 1876 by Andrew Heiton, the town architect for Perth.

The house is an example of Victorian baronial splendour and is said to be one of the best surviving examples of Heiton’s work. The house was a typical country house with a library, servants’ quarters and many bedrooms.

Transformed in the 1920s into a nursing home for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, the house was sold on to local government in the 1950s and had a role during the Cold War as a control centre for communications.