If you’re looking for foodie experiences in Aberdeen then rest assured: with our coastal location the Granite City can offer seafood, as well a great larder of beef, game and dairy due to the rich agricultural history and fertile land surrounding us.
Skene House offers guests one bedroom suites, or two or three bedroom apartments, with fully furnished kitchens. This means all foodie purchases can be chilled, stored, frozen or prepared as you wish. So let’s start exploring some of the best destinations to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
Farmers’ Markets
-Thistle Street
One of the most varied and most central markets is on Thistle Street Food Market, just minutes from the three Skene House properties that are all located in the heart of Aberdeen. Stall holders have included Devenick Dairy, Granite North Gin and Unravel Tea. There is also a range of boutique independent shops and cafés to visit once you’ve wandered around the stalls. Lots of shopping opportunities here!
6 minute walk from Skene House Holburn.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount.
13 minute walk from Skene House Whitehall.
-Belmont Street
Belmont Street also hosts a market on the last Saturday of the month from 9am – 3pm. They offer a lovely line-up of cupcakes and confectionery; fresh, prepared and smoked fish and shellfish; Highland beef; mead; Scottish beers, ciders and spirits; vegan mallows; venison and small game; cheeses, oatcakes and rose veal; fresh meat and charcuterie; plants reared for the local climate; photographic prints and printed items; and a dog food deli. There’s a lot going on…
6 minute walk from Skene House Holburn.
10 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount.
13 minute walk from Skene House Whitehall.
-Torphins
If you fancy hitting the countryside then take the open road to Torphins’ Farmers’ Market. A market is held every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm at Platform 22, welcoming the likes of Granite City Fish and Fetternear Fruit. But if you can’t make a Wednesday, then fear not, Platform 22 is open Monday-Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm. This pottery gallery and licensed bistro is a family business in Royal Deeside, juggling art, microbrewing, and local cuisine.
Roughly a 35-40 minute drive from the Skene House properties. Or catch the 201 or 202 bus.
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Something’s brewing at Platform 22

-Regular markets are also available in Banchory (third Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm at Bellfield Park), Ballater (fourth Saturday of the month 10am – 2pm at Church Green), Ellon (fourth Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm at Neil Ross Square), Fraserburgh (second Saturday of the month 10am – 3.30pm at Saltoun Square), Huntly (first Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm at Market Square), Inverurie (second Saturday of the month 9am-1pm at Market Square), Macduff (last Saturday of the month 9am-12.30pm at The Fishmarket), Stonehaven (first Saturday of the month – 9.00am – 1.00pm) and Westhill (first Saturday of the month 9am – 1pm at Ashdale Hall).
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Artisan Shops
-Hammerton Store
For a range of local produce and handcrafted eats drop by the Hammerton Store on Great Western Road. Think an artisan food store combining a mixed vibe of farm shop, traditional merchant and continental deli. Expect local and organic fruit and veg, meat, bakery, wine, real ale, cookbooks, ceramics and art.
4 minute drive or an 18 minute walk from Skene House Holburn.
Ten minute drive or a half hour walk from Skene House Rosemount and Whitehall.
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-Gourmet Cheese Company
For cheeses, nip up to Rosemount Place for a pungent and delicious shopping experience at the Gourmet Cheese Company. Picture an array of oatcakes, crackers, and blue, hard and soft cheeses. Pair it with the raw chocolate or local raspberries and strawberries stocked here, for a sweet and savoury sensation. Or drop by Humbug, a neighbouring sweet shop for traditional confectionery and treats.
9 minute walk from Skene House Rosemount.
9 minute walk from Skene House Whitehall.
16 minute walk from Skene House Holburn.
-The Park Shop
For those who wish to explore, jump in the car and head to The Park Shop, Drumoak. Selling everything from their own Park Shop blend coffee and hot pies from Wark Farm, to a selection of whisky and excellent baking, it’s a hidden gem with outdoor seating for those sunny Aberdeenshire days.
Roughly a 30 minute drive from the Skene House properties. Or catch the 201 or 202 bus.
-Newton Dee
And for something a little different, have a relaxing walk around the Camphill estate in Newton Dee, before dropping into its bakery. Coworkers (live in volunteers) and villagers (adults with special needs) live and work together here. The bakery, which is manned by the both coworkers and villagers, sells a range of artisan breads, flans and quiches. Grab a coffee and cake in the café, then pick up a delicious takeaway lunch at the bakery to take home with you. As a non-profit company all proceeds make a difference.
Roughly a 20 minute drive from the Skene House properties. Or catch the 19 or 201 bus.
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We look forward to our guests cooking up a feast upon their return to Skene House, Aberdeen. And remember, if you wish to prepare a particular dish, and require particular implements, please get in touch to find out exactly what we provide. If we don’t issue a particular utensil as standard, we may be able to source it for you. It’s time to savour foodie Aberdeen and shire.
Skene House offers one bedroom suites, and two and three bedroom apartments, each with their own furnished kitchen and living room. We give you space to be creative in the kitchen! Skene House offers the Suite Life in Aberdeen with free city centre parking, strong wifi and the option to book a B&B rate. So for more information get in touch at skene-house.co.uk, phone +44 1224 659 392 or email reservations@skene-house.co.uk.
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