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Edinburgh chef set to serve festive feast at King Robert the Bruce family home

Dine like a king or queen this festive season thanks to chef Barry Bryson's collaboration with Broomhall House.

Published: November 8, 2019
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Barry Bryson from Cater Edinburgh is working with Broomhall House at Charlestown, near Dunfermline, to help put golden era decadence back into festive feasting at the family home of King Robert the Bruce.

Guests will also get the rare opportunity to enjoy a tour of the historic house from Lord Charles Bruce himself, who will share his unparalleled knowledge and stories about Broomhall.

What's on the menu?

King Robert the Bruce

Picture: Broomhall House

Diners can look forward to canapes and dishes including: mulled wine cured Scottish salmon on toasted brioche, lobster cocktail with beetroot crackers, hand-dived scallops, oysters, rillette of goose, Highland venison, dark chocolate delice with toasted gingerbread and Black Forest meringue with plum jellies.

The decadent feast will be served in the grand dining hall - where kings and queens have been entertained over the years - which will be decorated with a real Christmas tree and festive garlands. A crackling log fire and candlelight will complete the festive glow.

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As can be seen in each of his menus, Barry is motivated and inspired by Scotland’s natural larder, creating seasonal menus that combine traditional and contemporary cooking techniques.

Commenting on his collaboration with Broomhall House, Barry said: “I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with the stunning Broomhall House, creating a range of sumptuous festive dishes that will appeal to those looking for unique dining experiences in an opulent historic setting.

“The Bruce family have been part of Scottish history for centuries, making Broomhall House the perfect setting to showcase the best of Scotland’s natural larder this Christmas.”

Lord Charles Bruce added: “The decision by the family of King Robert the Bruce to open the doors of Broomhall House to exclusive event opportunities was a momentous one.

“Christmas at Broomhall House stands apart from other festive dining offers. We aim to provide a truly unique and illuminating experience, uncovering lesser-known facts and stories that connect Broomhall to the world and across the ages.”

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Price and booking info

Broomhall’s festive packages start from £45 per person with a minimum booking of 30 guests.

A minimum of 12 guests is required for Broomhall’s Banquet.

To book one of the Broomhall Christmas experiences, email, including preferred date, numbers and any special dietary requirements.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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