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Fife Arms announces festive food and drink events - including a fondue hut

The luxury five star hotel in Braemar is inviting guests to enjoy its Swiss-inspired festivities.

Published: November 18, 2021
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The Fife Arms hotel, which opened in late 2018 and features an array of eye-catching and one-off artwork (including an original Picasso), will be taking its festive inspiration from Switzerland this year.

What's on?

Christmas in the Courtyard – The courtyard will be transformed with twinkling Christmas garlands.

Guests can keep warm sheepskin blankets, enjoy a glass of glühwein or mulled wine, roast chestnuts and chat into the night around the fire pits.

Raclette and Fondue in The Fog House - This room overlooks the winter courtyard, and has wood panelling and a large fireplace.

Because of this it has been reimagined as a traditional Swiss fondue hut, complete with red and white linens.

The team said: "this is is the place for casting calorie cares aside and diving your fork into a Swiss fondue cheese mix or go Raclette with a choice of authentic Swiss cheeses. And don’t forget: the first person to drop their bread into the pot - foots the bill."

Festive Afternoon Tea in the gorgeous Clunie Dining Room - This afternoon tea features Christmas Stollen, mini gingerbread creations and an abundance of hot chocolate or mince pies and glűhwein.

Chocolate and whisky in Bertie’s Bar - The hotel's whisky bar will be offering a paired chocolate selection to enjoy with a dram or two.

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Christmas and Hogmanay Packages

Guests hoping to stay over Christmas can book the Christmas Celebration experience – three days of festivities against the backdrop of the Highlands including a reindeer parade through the village, a performance by a local piper, a Fife Arms stocking delivered to guests’ room with an array of delights to open on Christmas Day, Father Christmas and reindeer treat boxes for children, a four-course festive feast, a piano recital in the Lobby, Christmas films with popcorn and a cup of hot chocolate, village treasure trails for all the family, board games, wreath-making kits for Boxing Day creativity – and more.

Ring in the new year in style with the hotel’s Hogmanay experience. Gather with friends and family to take in the stirring sounds of a traditional Scottish Pipe Band on New Year’s Eve, before enjoying champagne and locally caught oysters, followed by a four-course dinner in The Clunie Dining Room.

As the clock strikes midnight, bring in the new Year with a fireworks display and first footing gifts, before enjoying a traditional knees up and music in the Flying Stag.

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For the brave, guests can take a ‘Clunie Dook’ river dip near to the hotel or add their resolution to the New Year’s Resolution tree, and enjoy a live piano recital in the lobby.

Guided walks to Creag Choinnich can be arranged by the Ghillie team, followed by a New Year’s Brunch in the Clunie Dining Room.

Christmas Celebration includes a 3-night stay from 24th – 27th December at The Fife Arms. Hogmanay includes a 3-night stay from 30th December 2020 – 2nd January 2021 at The Fife Arms. Find out more at the hotel's website.

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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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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