Experiencing Scottish Hospitality at Kingsmills Hotel InvernessFebruary 23, 2018
Scottish hospitality is legendary, the people, the food and the atmosphere all help to make you feel welcome. When I visited the Highlands back in January I got the opportunity to spend an evening at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness along with the other bloggers on the trip. The Kingsmills Hotel in full of history and we dined in a room where Robert Burns had also visited so it seemed only fitting that we were treated to the wonders of Burns’ poetry whilst enjoying a traditional Scottish menu.
When we arrived at the Kingsmills Hotel we were given a brief tour before being welcomed by the amazing Bill, a fantastic bagpiper and brilliant storyteller who entertained us for the evening.
We were walked to our dining room with Bill piping us in and then we proceeded to listen to the story of the Hotel and of Robert Burns. The menu that we were treated to was very traditional Scottish food which I absolutely loved but I know that some of the other bloggers struggled.
The first course was Cullen Skink. Cullen Skink is basically a leek and potato soup but with smoked haddock stirred through. This particular version was delicious as the haddock was not overpowering and the texture of delicious.
We were then treated to a Haggis Tower with a whisky cream sauce. The tower was made of haggis, neeps and tatties with the Whisky sauce poured over the top. It was delicious but I wish there was more haggis involved.
The third course was a feather blade of Scottish beef that was so succulent it fell apart. It was served with spinach creamy potatoes, caramelized shallots and chantenay carrots. Everything about this dish was delicious and the flavours were amazing for something so simple.
The pudding was a spiced apple & raisin crumble with a cinnamon ice cream but I loved it so much I forgot to take a photo. This was followed by coffee and some traditional highland tablet.
The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness was an amazing venue with beautiful rooms big enough for all sorts of different sized families. There were great leisure facilities including a lovely sized pool and it was in a fantastic location. I would love to return with my kids to explore Inverness and the surrounding areas and let them experience the joys of Scotland.