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Inveraray Castle tea room receives continental-style makeover from QED

QED was recently appointed to supply a complete coffee shop display system for the newly refurbished tea room at the historic Inveraray Castle on the shores of Loch Fyne in western Scotland.
Inveraray Castle is the seat of the Duke of Argyll, who is also the head of the famous Clan Campbell. Although there has been a castle on the site since the 15th century, the present building was completed in the 18th century, having been inspired by a drawing by the illustrious architect Vanbrugh.
The castle is one of the leading tourist attractions in Scotland. It receives over 75,000 visitors per year, many of them from overseas. It is open from April until October, with an itinerary that includes Scotland’s largest collection of armouries and the beautifully laid out castle gardens.

Inveraray Castle is very proud of its popular tea room, which provides essential sustenance for thirsty and hungry travellers. The management decided to refurbish the facility prior to the 2014 season with a completely new design and layout.
After researching the range of food service equipment and furniture that was available, they opted for a new modular scheme from QED. The estate factor Andrew Montgomery explains: ‘As a 5 star attraction, we needed fixtures and fittings that were worthy of our location. We also prefer to source our suppliers as locally as possible, and it transpired that QED was the obvious choice. ‘

Andrew and his team selected the Decoration L design from the QED Continental Coffee Shop system. The items include a chilled serve-over counter, an ambient servery counter, mirrored back bar shelving and stainless steel refrigerated storage units.
The tea room, which is personally overseen by the Duchess of Argyll, serves locally produced sandwiches, soup, cakes, scones, tea, coffee, beer, wine and soft drinks. The impressive new facelift is expected to markedly improve the customer experience during 2014 and beyond.
Andrew Montgomery is highly complimentary about the service provided by QED managing director Robert Campbell and his installation team, and is delighted with the quality of the final scheme.
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