The Duchess Jean Tea Room

Relax and enjoy our range of homecooked food served by our friendly team of volunteers



Popular with both museum visitors and local residents, The Duchess Jean Tea Room offers quality fresh food in a bright, airy and relaxed environment.

We offer daily specials including our famed Homecooked Soup and Scones. Our lunch menu is available between 11:30am and 2:30pm serving a range of sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes, quiche and salads. For our younger visitors we have our Bydandy Children’s Menu.

Table service from our friendly volunteers has been a proud tradition at The Duchess Jean Tea Room since we opened in 1997. It is one that we continue to this day much to the appreciation and delight of our regular customers.

We understand that nuts and other agents can cause allergic reaction and these may be used in the preparation of our food. If you have a concern please ask a member of staff.

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of Gluten and Dairy free products.

Table reservations are available subject to availability and can be made in advance on 01224 311200.

Take Away drinks and food also available. Why not take some of our homecooked cakes and treats away to share with your family and friends.

Museum & Tea Room Opening Times

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 2.30pm


Advance Bookings Only
(Min: 48 hrs)

Our delicious Afternoon Teas are a wonderful treat for any occasion.
For only £12.50p/p an Afternoon Tea in The Duchess jean Tea Room includes:

  • Sandwich Fillings of your choice
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Mini Strawberry Tarts
  • Home Made Tray Bakes
  • Tea and Coffee

Why not consider upgrading your Afternoon Tea by adding a Glass of Prosecco for a small additional charge?

We can accommodate parties of up to 12 in the Duchess Jean Tea Room.

For Afternoon Tea Enquiries please click the button below or call 01224 311200.



Larger Groups

Larger groups (between 13 – 40) can be booked into one of our function rooms. To add to the experience we can include a guided tour of the Museum and access to the audio visual equipment. Prices on enquiry.

For Larger Group Afternoon Tea Enquiries please click the button below or call 01224 311200


Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon, had received permission to raise a Regiment in 1794 to fight against the French during the French revolutionary wars. Recruiting proved difficult, however his wife Duchess Jean (Jane) Maxwell came to the rescue.

A very beautiful lady with grace, charm and lively personality, she decided to visit the country fairs, markets and small towns in the North and North East of Scotland with her three beautiful daughters. She undoubtedly affected recruiting for the better, offering not only the King’s Shilling, but also a kiss – though how many were kissed is not known! It is said the Regiment was then raised in very quick time.

The Tea Room is named in honour of Duchess Jean. We are pleased to have a number of items relating to Duchess Jean in the Museum’s collection, some of which you can see below.


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