Historic Scottish castle releases dates for limited edition foodie events

Borthwick Castle, a fifteenth-century keep that played host to Mary Queen of Scots, has released dates for a range of foodie events, starting with a Medieval banquet...

Published 15th Dec 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The castle, which is usually only available for exclusive use, has dates for the diary from January till March 2019.

These include a guest chef dinner and a special screening of the Mary Queen of Scots film, which can be enjoyed in the surroundings where she once stayed.

19 January:  Mary Queen of Scots Medieval Banquet with live music and optional sleepover


Picture: the Mary Queen of Scots suite with hand-carved bed, Borthwick Castle

To celebrate the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots the film, Borthwick Castle will welcome guests to enjoy an evening of regal medieval delights in the place where she once stayed.

Mary, Queen of Scots is recorded as visiting Borthwick Castle at least twice, most famously in 1567 as she sought refuge with her new lover, the Earl of Bothwell, following the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley. Bothwell was the main suspect in the murder but later acquitted.

The evening includes a seasonal four-course meal with wine flight and history talk, plus the option of a luxurious overnight stay with breakfast the following morning.

Price:  £160 per person for four-course medieval banquet with wine flight.

Price: £840 for two people including four-course medieval banquet no wine flight within this price, double bed chamber and breakfast.

26 January: Guest Chefs’ Dining Experience

Borthwick Castle Head Chef, Derek Johnstone welcomes Executive Head Chef of The Belfry Hotel and Resort, Robert Bates (Winner of Hotel Cateys Award 2018) and his colleague Head Pastry Chef, Dean Cole, for an exceptional ‘Guest Chefs Dining Experience’.

Johnstone, Bates and Cole will bring to table the best of the season, creating a menu that draws on their experience in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe.

Price: £160 per person including five-course meal and wine flight

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23 February:  Winter’s Table Dining Club presented by Head Chef, Derek Johnstone


Picture: Borthwick Castle Grand Hall dressed for dinner

Award-winning Roux-trained chef, Derek Johnstone will prepare five courses for the evening, as part of Borthwick Castle's ongoing dining club.

Expertly blended cocktails and wine pairings complement a menu of fine seasonal ingredients with a distinctly Scottish flair.

Price:£160 per person including welcome drink, five-course meal and wine flight

Price:  £840 for two people including welcome drink, five-course meal, wine flight and double bed chamber and breakfast.

7 March:  Amanda Hamilton Three Night Wellness Retreat

Hosted by Amanda Hamilton, one of the UK’s most in-demand nutritionists, this three night, four day retreat is a perfectly balanced blend of nutrition, exercise, education and inspiration, helping guests to embrace healthy habits for life.

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Price:£1,950 per person single occupancy or £1,610 per person based on two sharing on a full board basis.

To find out more information or to book, please click here.

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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