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A 5* evening at the Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa Pitlochry

Anniversaries are for making memories. Right? And travelling has always been part of our life together – from mini breaks to longer adventures – we just love discovering new places together and creating memories.

We always do something to remember our Midsummer’s Day wedding so the Fonab Castle Hotel seemed like the perfect place to celebrate while staying for a few days near Pitlochry. It’s just 90 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, across the impressive Queensferry Bridge.

You don’t have to spend long googling to find that one of the smartest country retreats in the Perthshire region is the 5 star Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa. It’s tucked within its own little forest, looking like a fairytale castle. Its nestled right by the loch, just a stone’s throw from Pitlochry.  So we booked a table for our anniversary night in the Brasserie.

We arrived a little early and were ushered into the Bar with dramatic floor to ceiling windows overlooking Loch Faskally and Ben Vrackie.  One of us had to drive home and it wasn’t me – so a glass of chilled prosecco started the evening off with a sparkle.

The website describes the Fonab Brasserie as “a one off Highland dining experience” and that’s pretty accurate. We wanted somewhere special to celebrate and this place fitted the bill perfectly.

TO TASTE

When you visit Scotland you simply have to embrace the haggis. The trick is not to over analyse the ingredients, but just to enjoy the rich and spicy flavour.  We chose the Haggis Bon Bon dipped in garlic mayonnaise. A lovely taster to begin our feast.

TO START

My starter was an easy choice – Baked Orkney Scallop with sea vegetables. Cooked to perfection and served in it’s shell this was a delicious starter for a fully paid-up scallop lover.

Mr Bond went for the Twice Baked Aged Compte Souffle served with spinach, shallot and cheese sauce – and thoroughly enjoyed it.

FOR MAIN

If you know anything about me, you’ll know I’m slightly obsessed with mushrooms. In fact I could probably live on them, if push came to shove. So when I spotted Cep Tagliatello on the menu, my mind was made up. Served with asparagus, wild mushroom and truffle it was cep lover’s heaven.

Mr Bond enjoyed the scallops for his main course just as much as I had for my starter.

FOR SWEET

When they kindly bring the sweet menu, it would be rude not to take a look.  I chose the Lemon Posset with yuzu, mint and raspberry – beautifully presented and a nice refreshing end to the meal.

The house speciality was Fonab Mess – a kind of deconstructed Eton Mess – but not at all messy.  The flavours of rhubarb, vanilla and sorrel were delicious, apparently.

AND FINALLY

We finished with espressos which always reminds me of Michael’s McIntyre’s hilarious routine . If you’ve heard it you’ll know what I mean.

The Fonab Castle certainly lived up to it’s 5 star status that night. We were so impressed with the breathtaking location, the beautiful decor, the quality of the meal and the impeccable service. Together with the chance to watch the sunset from our table over Loch Faskally on Midsummer’s Night, it made a perfect evening. One that we’ll hold in our memories for a long time to come.

So thank you Fonab Castle. We’d love to return one day, stay over and maybe try out the Spa.

Judith x

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