At the beginning of July, on a sunny Scottish summer’s day, I arrived at the mighty Comlongon Castle. I was there to ‘road-test’ one of our stand-out culinary experiences for myself – the Scottish medieval banquet.
Located within the vast and beautiful countryside of the Scottish Borders, Comlongon is a sight to behold. It’s a castle – a real 15th Century one – complete with a stone Stronghold, full to the brim with medieval antiquities, and set within stunning grounds.
After checking-in to my extremely spacious room, that contained a four-poster bed and huge bath, I joined the rest of the group for a glass of wine on the veranda. We were then led into our own private, wood-panelled dining room. Lit only by magnificent candelabra on the table, the space was atmospheric yet intimate; we eagerly awaited the first-course.
I had gone for Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. This decision was made only after much deliberation as I’m not even a big meat-eater and am really a bit fussy in general – but when in Scotland and all that. It was so tasty. How had I gone this this long without it? A revelation.
For my main I had Pan Seared Scottish Salmon which was fresh, light and delicious. My only regret is that I cleared my plates on the first two courses which meant I only made it half way through my ‘Tipsy Laird’ (Scottish trifle with sponge, Drambuie custard, meringue, cream and chocolate). I have a really sweet tooth and pudding is always the main event for me and my goodness, it was good.
After a sobering coffee I made my way to my room and sunk into my extremely comfortable four-poster. Feeling very full and a bit heavier, yet wondering what breakfast would bring…
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