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Killiecrankie House reopens with fine dining restaurant, cocktail bar and renovated rooms

The historic house in Perthshire has reopened as a luxury retreat for food lovers.

Published: October 6, 2021
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Killiecrankie House in Perthshire has reopened with a new restaurant and five luxury bedrooms as well as a drawing room and cocktail bar.

Owners, chef Tom Tsappis and his sommelier wife Matilda will welcome guests from 6 October to experience their little slice of luxury and gastronomy in the Cairngorm National Park.

Tom, who trained at Leiths and was the first recipient of two of its coveted annual awards and his wife Matilda, who previously ran the popular supper club Elia London, have created a boutique bolthole that’s been designed by them as a food-lovers retreat.

Tom will be overseeing the multi-course tasting menu in the 18-cover open restaurant kitchen, and at the adjacent chefs table, which is at the heart of the house.

Sommelier Matilda will host guests front of house with help from the chefs who’ve created the dishes.

They have committed to creating menus that truly reflect Scotland, giving diners not only a taste of the country’s produce but one that represents what Scots really love to eat, drawing upon both contemporary and heritage dishes for inspiration.

Killiecranie House
The cocktail bar. Picture: Alex Baxter

Working with local suppliers and using home grown and locally foraged produce, the first sample menu is a good example of how they have gone about creating a sense of place through their food.

Sample menu

  • Drunken oyster
  • Scotch eggs
  • Kombu cured mackerel, apple and horseradish
  • Squid from the firth of Moray cooked in a stew of its own ink
  • Cock-a-leekie
  • Food from the forest
  • Venison, peat and brambles
  • Dripping fried porridge
  • Highland wagyu, green tea, onions and pickled pine
  • Macaroni pie
  • Flower of Scotland
  • Whisky
  • Sweeties

Matilda’s drinks list, which includes beer, wine, sake and cocktails, has been designed to complement the cooking.

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There is also an interesting non-alcoholic pairing of juices, teas and infusions.

Matilda’s approach is to offer a combination of ‘classics’ vs ‘off the beaten track’, including wines from her family vineyard; Treaty Port in China; a beer made in collaboration with local brewery, Wasted Degrees; soft drinks from Bad Gal Boocha and Rapscallion plus tea and coffee from The Rare Tea Company and Glen Lyon Roastery in Aberfeldy.

Pre and post dinner drinks can be comfortably enjoyed by the fireside, overlooking the kitchen gardens and fruit trees, in the Drawing Room or in the bijou Cocktail Bar with its marble countertop and feathered pink Murano glass chandeliers.

The colour palette throughout is a calm, sophisticated deep blue with dark wood floors and eclectic hints of colour in the artwork and even in the hand-painted wash basins which were sourced from The London Basin Company.

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Upstairs are four generous four-poster bedrooms and a master suite (which comes with the chef’s table experience).

All bedrooms come with standalone roll-top baths as well as rain-fall showers and feature blush pink concrete basins from Concrete Etc, with toiletries from Scotland-based Laura Thomas Co.

A set dinner will be served to everyone at 7pm Wednesday to Saturday. The bar will open at 12noon, Wednesday – Saturday.

Price list

  • Tasting Menu £85 per person
  • Alcoholic Drinks Pairing £65 per person
  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks Pairing £45 per person
  • Overnight experience (dinner, bed and breakfast for two people) starts at £450

To book call 01796 473213 or visit the 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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