The Glenturret distillery announces opening date for Lalique fine dining restaurant

Thought to be one of Scotland's oldest distilleries, The Glenturret has announced the opening date for its new fine dining restaurant.

Published 28th Jun 2021
Updated 11 th Oct 2023

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant will open on 28 July - and it's the first fine dining restaurant within a distillery in Scotland.

Located at the heart of The Glenturret distillery, situated within the rolling hills of Crieff and alongside the River Turret, guests can look forward to luxury gastronomy and excellent hospitality in the idyllic Perthshire countryside.

As we reported in April, The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant is headed up by Head Chef Mark Donald, who joins from Michelin-starred Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh.

The 30-cover restaurant promises to deliver a gastronomic experience.

Glasgow-born Mark built his culinary credentials through holding positions at some of the World’s best restaurants including the iconic Noma in Copenhagen, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles (two-star Michelin), Hibiscus (two-star Michelin) and Bentley, Sydney.

His homecoming in 2018 saw him take the reins and retain the Michelin star for Number One at The Balmoral.

Available for dinner five nights a week, the seasonal and contemporary multi-course tasting menu offered at The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant has been created by Mark and his team to highlight the Scottish produce sourced and foraged in the local area.

Design elements and accessories throughout include Lalique chandeliers, glassware and decanters, Glenturret and Murray clan tartan and barley motifs.

As well as the tasting menu, afternoon tea will be served in the comfortable salon lounge.

Seasonal savoury options will be served alongside sweet treats such as an Maracaibo 65% & Malted Barley Gateaux, made with the same grains used for making The Glenturret and served tableside from the trolley.

All pastries are created by pastry chef Kayleigh Turner, who recently won Pastry Chef of the Year at the Scottish Food & Drink Awards; Kayleigh also worked together with Head Chef Mark Donald at Number One at The Balmoral.

Alongside an extensive fine wine list, curated by the head sommelier, Julien Beltzung, a whisky bar will offer more than 250 whiskies to try by the dram or as part of a flight.

Speaking of the new addition to the distillery, managing director at The Glenturret, John Laurie said, “We are very happy to finally welcome guests again here at the distillery, and cannot wait to welcome guests at the restaurant.

"The Glenturret has long been home to some of the finest whiskies in the world, and it seems fitting that, with Mark Donald’s help we will now be able to provide visitors with an elevated dining experience that reflects the skill, heritage and Scottish heart that goes into producing such exceptional liquids.”

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant will open its doors on 28 July 2021; reservations are now open.

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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