One of the places the Dafter and I wanted to be sure to visit before we leave Aberdeen is the Victoria Restaurant. We used to come here for the occasional after-school treat, and she is very fond of the place. It’s owned by a lovely couple, Gillian and Gordon, whom I first met when they owned a smaller place nearby where I would go when I was expecting the Dafter. They first met her when she was just a few weeks old.
The Victoria Restaurant is on Union Street at the corner of Belmont Street. It’s one floor up and shares the premises of one of the oldest jewellery shops in Aberdeen, Jamieson and Carry.
Gillian makes fantastic scones and cakes, which you can see on the cake trolley here.
It was wonderful to be able to come here with the Dafter, as a month ago she was nearly bedbound. The iron tablets are having an effect! There’s no lift, so we hauled the wheelchair up the stairs, and she was able to make it up without too much difficulty. Here she is looking (I thought) very grown-up and demure:
And here she is in more usual Dafter mode, very excited about her hot chocolate and caramel crunch slice. I hope she never loses her enthusiasm for life, which severe illness has only heightened:
She snuck in a photo of me, which I have included because it gives you an idea of the view down to Union Street below. The Trinity Centre is just across. I had a Scottish version of strawberry shortcake:
We had a great time, and bid Gillian a fond farewell – although we will be back someday.
As always, we enjoyed walking past the very sparkly upstairs showroom of Jamieson and Carry on our way back out. This is across from the restaurant:
This shop is a good place to come if you want to buy a quaich to give as a gift. Some readers may not know what a quaich is. It’s a small silver (or pewter) bowl with two handles:
Quaichs are often given as prizes, or as a gift to mark a special occasion such as a wedding or a big birthday. They come in various sizes but the ones I’ve seen are usually about 4 inches across. I believe the quaich was originally a drinking cup, so you could give the recipient a bottle of whisky as well, if you were being lavish.
I’ve just realised that with cranachan in my last post, and quaichs in this one, I’ve mentioned whisky two posts in a row. Hmm! Well, the Dafter and I were content with coffee and hot chocolate, and were both so very pleased that we were able to go to the Victoria Restaurant once again. Maybe once we’re in the thick of complete housemoving upheaval I will be needing to pour myself a wee dram!