I love visiting cute and quaint cafes, and discovering new independent wee places to eat. One of my favourites is The Black Faced Sheep in Aboyne. Aboyne is about a 50 minute drive from where we stay, so we go out of our way to travel to this cute wee cafe but it is definitely worth it!
We usually try to pop in over the Summer, and this week we did just that. Although we arrived an hour before closing, it was still full with busy and bumbling locals all catching up with their afternoon tea at the end of the week. I’m always cautious when going into a restaurant / cafe near closing time as I feel we would be those annoying customers walking in last minute, but we didn’t feel unwelcome at all and found a wee cosy table in the back of the cafe. (Photos were taken once everyone had left by the way haha!)
My favourite thing about this cafe (apart from the food) is the atmosphere. The cosiness creates a relaxed vibe and I always feel so comfortable here. Not only does the cafe offer a delicious menu of food, cakes and hot drinks – its also the cutest gift shop! I got a quick snap of one area of the shop, but there is more thorough into another room in which we didn’t have time to wander around today due to heading in a wee bit later than usual.
It’s filled with any kind of knick knack you could possibly imagine, and theres always something new and different to spot whenever you’re there. It’s brilliant for some quirky and local gifts.
Now, onto the food. I can’t say I’ve had a wide variety off of the menu because whenever we go, I only want the ‘Marks Toasted Cheese’. But this isn’t like any regular toasted cheese, it tastes even better! Cameron and I always discuss what’s different and how he does it but we honestly have no idea! It’s the tastiest and best toasted cheese I’ve ever had, which is why I always have to get it when we go.
Their hot chocolate is always amazing, however we didn’t get it this time. It’s always at the best drinking temperature and comes with a wee chocolate flake and some fresh clotted cream! On our way out, we decided to get some homemade cakes to take away with us and it was definitely the best decision ever. However, if I hadn’t gotten such a messy and fiddly cake I would have 100% eaten it on the way home.
Their selection made it hard to decide, but a final decision had to be made.
Of course, naturally Cameron went for something chocolately. I can’t actually remember the exact name of the cake as we struggled to pronounce it haha, but it was basically like a chocolate Swiss roll styled cake and there were no complaints from Cameron! I went for the vanilla cheesecake and it definitely reached my expectations. It was so soft and creamy and delicious and just everything you dream for in a cheesecake.
If you’re ever near the area, then make sure you pop in to The Black Faced Sheep for a cup of tea or even just a wee wander around the shop!
Thank you so much for reading!
Until next time…
~ K x