Tom Kitchin set to takeover Gleneagles afternoon tea series next month

Popular Perthshire resort Gleneagles has announced that Edinburgh-based Michelin Star Chef, Tom Kitchin, who started his career as a trainee chef at the iconic hotel, will offer the latest addition to its exclusive afternoon series next month.

Published 11th Sep 2018
Updated 11 th Sep 2018

Running from the 1st to the 7th of October, the new afternoon tea will take inspiration from the hearty and popular cuisine of Kitchin’s Scran and Scallie gastropub in Stockbridge.

The Tom Kitchin Afternoon Tea is the third in a series of bespoke afternoon teas designed by acclaimed guest chefs, including Michelin Star Chef Andrew Fairlie, William Curley and Lady Claire Macdonald.

Bringing his ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy to Gleneagles, the chef's afternoon tea has been conceived as a celebration of his local roots and Scottish ingredients.

A spokesperson for the hotel said: "Brought to life by our team of expert pastry chefs, the afternoon tea is inspired by the fruitful provenance of the local area and will include hearty savoury treats such as steak pie, curried crayfish and a Cullen skink fish cake.

"The sweet pastries will comprise delicious, traditional miniature puddings including a lemon meringue pie and treacle tarts."

The Michelin-starred chef  added that it was a "real honour to have been asked back to Gleneagles" and that he was looking forward to be able to put his own twist on the hotel’s iconic afternoon tea menu.

He said: "Gleneagles is where I began my career as a young trainee chef at just 16 years of age, so it’s a pleasure to be able to give something back. This afternoon tea is a true celebration of Scotland’s natural larder and the flavours and ingredients available on Gleneagles’ doorstep.”

Tom is the youngest Scot to ever win a Michelin Star, aged just 29. Having been raised on the doorstep of Gleneagles by the shores of Loch Leven, Tom’s homegrown talent was inspired by his local landscape and nurtured in Gleneagles’ own kitchens when he was a trainee chef in the 1990s. He then earned his craft working for some of Europe’s grand chefs. Tom has since gone on to open restaurants around Scotland’s capital, including modern gastro pub, The Scran & Scallie and his eponymously named restaurant, The Kitchin, in The Shore area of Edinburgh.

• The Tom Kitchin Afternoon Tea is available between 1-7 October 2018 for £40 per person or £57.50 including a glass of rosé champagne. For more information and to make a reservation, visit

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