Gleneagles announce reopening date and calendar of food and drink events

The famous Perthshire hotel will be reopening soon.

Published 18th Mar 2021
Updated 11 th Oct 2023

Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire will be reopening from Monday 26 April, with a calendar of food and drink events for visitors and guests.

Following the Scottish Government’s recent announcement about the reopening of hospitality, Gleneagles is now gearing up for reopening with a summer of 'fun and frivolity'.

Guests are being invited to toast to new adventures and enjoy the luxurious hotel and 850-acres of green space in which the famous building sits.

Dubbed Scotland’s very own ‘Riviera in the Highlands’ the events planned for reopening include alfresco food, whisky loch-down and a month-long series of festivities for ‘Jubilant June’.

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From May onwards, Gleneagles will be bringing the decadence of the hotel experience outdoors and into the Glorious Playground.

The hotel’s Seafood Bar & Grill will return, serving food Thursday – Sunday and drinks seven days a week.

Celebrating Scotland’s natural larder of fresh and sustainably sourced seafood, the menu includes hand-dived Isle of Mull scallops, langoustines roasted in their shells and Gleneagles & Co’s own smoked salmon.

Guests can take their catch out onto the garden for a stroll or sit back on a deck chair to soak up the early summer sunshine.

For younger guests, Gleneagles very own Tuck Shop and Ice Cream Parlour will be taking up residence in the outdoor Summer House, featuring scrumptious soft serve ice cream as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic slushies.

Over on the Glendevon Terrace, Gleneagles will be partnering with Moet & Chandon to offer a variety of vintage and prestige champagnes.

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The specially curated menu will include a number of sought-after vintages alongside Dom Perignon which will be available by the glass.

Lunch time classics include ‘Scottish Lobster Roll served in a brioche bun’ and the newly introduced Wagyu Burger.

As the sun sets, guests are invited to retreat to The American Bar which, from June onwards (subject to government restrictions), will play host to live jazz from Thursday to Saturday in partnership with the Macallan.

Inspired by the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, the ‘Jazz After Dark’ menu, which in part plays tribute to the era of prohibition, features post-dinner whisky concoctions for all palates with some created tableside for added theatre.

In keeping with the spirit of fun and frivolity, the Estate will also be introducing a handful of further alfresco culinary surprises yet to be revealed with some set to be 'more unexpected than others'.

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‘Jubilant June’

Kicking off ‘Jubilant June’ celebrations, the Whisky Loch-Down is an exclusive nightly whisky ritual held at Laich Loch.

In partnership with one of Scotland’s most iconic whisky distilleries, guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the finest whiskies around the roaring firepit, under a starlit sky.

Guests will also be able to enjoy sundowner drinks with Twilight Hour, accompanied by live music – an ideal June aperitif to savour in a deck chair overlooking the Ochil Hills.

Back at the hotel, those looking to toast a special occasion can learn the art of mixology in an intimate cocktail masterclass hosted in the American Bar.

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in June, groups of up to six will have the chance to step behind the bar and shake up three taster cocktails, followed by canapes served on the lawn, an indulgent five-course dinner in the Wine Cellar, and a special nightcap in the Century Bar.

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Foodie families can get their chef whites on and join Head Chef, Stefano Purci and his team for a lunchtime pasta-making masterclass, available from Monday to Thursday only in the Winter Garden.

Speaking of the reopening Conor O’Leary, Gleneagles’ Managing Director, said: "We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be reopening our doors on 26 April, when our estate will be buzzing with all the sights and sounds of the season.

"We’ve missed seeing our guests and members tremendously during our winter closure and look forward to welcoming them back for what will be a glorious spring awakening, a chance to rekindle a spirit of adventure, and the perfect opportunity to toast the brighter times ahead."

For more information, visit the Gleneagles website and follow on social media.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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