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| Satur­day, July 14, 2018 tand­ing on the white, sandy beach, the wa­ter gen­tly lap­ping the shore­line was a beau­ti­ful shade of turquoise blue. The sun was beat­ing down from a cloud­less sky and the only sound to be heard was the oc­ca­sional twang of a mast hal­yard of a wee yacht moored in the har­bour.

It was hard to be­lieve we were in Rose­hearty, the Aberdeen­shire vil­lage around four miles from Fraser­burgh, which hugs the edge of the pic­turesque Mo­ray Firth coast.

“The last time I saw a beach like this, with wa­ter as crys­tal clear, was when I was on hol­i­day in Croa­tia,” said my other half.

Had we been wear­ing shorts and som­breros we could have taken pics which sug­gested we were on a sun-kissed Med re­sort, but we’d brought es­sen­tials for a typ­i­cal Scot­tish sum­mer day in­stead – a tube of midge re­pel­lent and water­proof jack­ets.

Look­ing out at the quiet scene it was hard to imag­ine that Rose­hearty was once a busy fish­ing port, and, dur­ing the her­ring sea­son, was packed with drifters land­ing fish here.

Fish­ing is still hugely val­ued here and we were hop­ing the lunchtime menu at The Davron Ho­tel, which is just a peb­ble’s throw from the beach, would re­flect this.

The ho­tel, a sub­stan­tial build­ing, is thought to date from around 1898. Own­ers David and Sharon Watt took over the ho­tel six years ago when it was in need of a ma­jor over­haul and have worked hard to breathe new life into it.

En­trance to the restau­rant is at the back of the build­ing via a nice, shel­tered beer gar­den.

Step­ping through the en­trance, I was sur­prised to find my­self in a large restau­rant. They are clearly used to wel­com­ing fam­i­lies as it even has a wee play area for lit­tle ones.

Dec­o­rated in shades of trendy grey teamed with com­ple­men­tary grey and white check cur­tains, splashes of colour came via bright or­ange-coloured chairs in the open-plan bar area while ta­bles, dressed with white table­cloths, each hosted a dif­fer­ent or­ange flower.

Our wait­ress could not have been friend­lier and im­me­di­ately boosted my ego when, af­ter a few min­utes, said she hoped I didn’t mind her say­ing but I re­minded her of a young Sa­man­tha Fox.

We were pre­sented with menus which high­lighted the ho­tel could cater for those with spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments, but it wasn’t un­til we were leav­ing that we no­ticed they had a sep­a­rate vege­tar­ian/ve­gan and dairy-free menu. They also of­fer a fan­tas­tic-value two-course pen­sioner’s lunch with com­pli­men­tary tea or cof­fee and home-made shortbread at £6.50 per per­son.

I was pleased to see them list­ing lo­cal sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing No­bles Dairy and Prime

De­li­cious cheese­cake

Tastefully dec­o­rated in­te­rior of the The Davron Ho­tel in Rose­hearty

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