Step back in time at the Maritime Museum café

Friday 6 August 2010

A range of fascinating items from Aberdeen's famous Rendezvous Café will be displayed in the Maritime Museum's Leading Lights Café from next week.

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums recently collected a number of items from the Rendezvous Café. These will be on display at Aberdeen Maritime Museum for the first time from Tuesday [10 August].

A 1950s chrome and curves jukebox and kitsch characters from the café's early days are among the items which will be displayed.

The plaster ornaments, dating from 1933 when the café opened, and are thought to have been made in Italy and imported. They depict a boy and girl looking at each other and eating ice cream.

The Rendezvous Café opened at the corner of Union Grove and Forest Avenue in 1933. It was owned and run by the Guilianotti family of Italian descent, who were also famous for their Holburn Ices ice cream.

Curator (Industry) Jenny Brown said: "In its heyday the Rendezvous Café was a particularly popular spot for young people and it is hoped that this display will bring back happy memories to some of the people who spent time there in their youth.

"As part of our work, we like to collect people's memories and stories about Aberdeen. If you remember the Rendezvous Café and would be happy to be recorded talking about it, please get in touch."

To celebrate the display, the Leading Lights Café will be running a special ice cream promotion. A selection of three traditional sundaes with a twist - Maritime Melba (peaches, vanilla ice-cream and raspberry sauce topped with handmade buttery shortie), Museum Mess (chunks of local strawberries and meringue mixed with strawberry and vanilla ice-cream) or a Shiprow Sundae (sliced bananas and toffee ice-cream topped with a warm toffee sauce and handmade ginger snaps) will be on sale for £2.50. All sundaes will be made using Rizzas of Huntly ice-cream and biscuits and meringues freshly baked on the premises.

The Rendezvous Café items on display will be conserved for future generations when the exhibition closes on 26 September.

If you are interested in having your memories of the Rendezvous Café recorded, contact Jenny Brown on 01224 337719 or email