Traill Pavilion could be a tearoom

Jane Watson
Jane Watson

A Montrose tearoom owner is hoping to expand her business and take over the well-loved Traill Pavilion.

Jane Watson, who owns Mums of Montrose, on Castle Place, wants to turn the pavilion into a tearoom and ice cream parlour.

The building, at Montrose Beach, is currently owned by Angus Council and last month, the Review revealed that it is up for lease, as part of the local authority’s budget cuts.

Mrs Watson said: “I want to create a comfy and homely atmosphere at the Traill Pavilion like I have at Mums of Montrose.”

Angus Council has been ensuring there is toilet provision throughout the Easter school holidays, and will continue to so, as well as at weekends throughout March and June at the Traill Pavilion until someone takes over the lease, but Mrs Watson said she would open it all year round.

She said: “I would provide a service for local people and visitors alike, whether it is boiling hot or freezing cold outside.”

The building, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last August, was originally used as a shelter when it opened.

It opened its doors on August 8, 1913, after brothers John and David Traill, who were born in Montrose but left to pursue successful business careers, generously gifted £2,000 to the town.

Mrs Watson said if she took over the pavilion, she would still provide this service.

“If anybody wanted to come in and sit down use the pavilion as a shelter they could, and they won’t have to buy something from the tearoom.

“That was what it was meant to be for,” she said.

The Review understands there are two other bids in currently for the lease of the Traill Pavilion.