Monday, 16 August 2010

Whisky and Food Gang Thegither

Dining by the Loch: Head Chef Christopher Ma serves Jane Gibson, the owner of Achray House one of the courses from the Malt Whisky Taster Menu.

"Whisky and food gang thegither." Well, Burns didn't actually say that: his weightier pronouncement was “Whisky and freedom gang thegither”, but with his love of food and a wee dram he probably shared the sentiment.

Achray House is taking the idea seriously with its recently launched “Malt Whisky Taster Menu” which offers five courses each with a sauce made from a different malt whisky.

“The wide range of tastes from delicate Speysides to heavily peated Islays lend themselves ideally to partnering different foods” says Alan Gibson, owner of Achray House, a small country house hotel on Loch Earn in rural Perthshire. “Our taster menu gives us the opportunity to showcase the best of Scottish produce and let our guests discover the breadth of flavours of diverse single malts”

The Malt Whisky Taster Menu costs £39.95 for five courses and is available by prior booking from September. It also forms part of the two day Whisky Lovers Break at Achray House. You can get more information on their web site:

LETI: Alan and Jane Gibson are proprietors of the recently refurbished Achray House Hotel and self catering lodges overlooking Loch Earn in the village of St Fillans. The Gibsons offer comfortable rooms and excellent food and wine.