Historical venue, Borthwick Castle, will lay down its drawbridge on 4th November to welcome guests to an exclusive evening of autumnal dining.

Falling on Guy Fawkes weekend, Chef’s ‘Autumn at Borthwick’ menu for the second Dining Club takes added inspiration from this fiery historical character with his own links to the castle.

The six course menu will showcase the best of Scottish fare from the season, with Roux-trained chef Derek Johnstone priding himself on using locally sourced, seasonal produce when creating his menus.

Guests can expect a number of surprises during the evening, from welcome cocktails created by Borthwick Castle’s mixologist through to petits-fours served in a haze of smoke!

Chef Derek Johnstone said: “The Borthwick Castle Dining Club is my pride and joy.

“It is the opportunity to let my imagination go to use the best of the season’s Scottish produce, and for our guests to have an amazing evening in our unforgettable Great Hall.”

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Picture: Borthwick Castle Grand Hall dressed for dinner

A privately-owned 15th century castle in the midst of the Scottish countryside, just 30 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh, Borthwick Castle has recently undergone a complete renovation.

Usually an exclusive, private hire venue, Borthwick Castle Dining Club evenings are one of the few occasions when guests are able to enjoy the opulence of Borthwick Castle without hiring it out in full.

To complete the experience, bedchambers are available to book on an individual basis with prices starting from £650 including dinner and breakfast.

Borthwick Castle’s Autumn Dining Club Menu

Amuse Bouche
Roasted butternut squash velouté with freshly caught Eyemouth brown crab, flavoured with mango and locally foraged herbs served with fired spelt sourdough loaf, castle-made butter & rock salt

Starter
Warm torte of Borders mallard duck, accompanied with spiced cranberries and Jerusalem artichoke purée, drizzled with a Scottish game & Shiraz reduction

Main Course
East Lothian hay-smoked loin of roe deer, served with red cabbage, pickled autumn fruits & crunchy pearl barley

Savoury Seasonal Cheese Experience
Vacherin Mont d’Or layered with quince purée, quince jelly & toasted walnut bread

Dessert
Poached William pears with milk purée, rum muscovado bitter sugar jelly, accompanied with Borthwick brown bread ice-cream

Naturally grown Scottish tea, ethically sourced coffee and Chef’s Fawkian Petits Fours, served in smoke

The autumn dining club costs £95 per person and includes six course menu but excludes drinks. To book email diningclub@borthwickcastle.com and for more information on the Castle please visit the website.

 

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