Popular Speyside whisky hotel reopens with new chef, menu and terrace

The Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside has reopened the doors of its famous Copper Dog Pub and new outdoor terrace.

Published 27th Apr 2021
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

Copper Dog will feature a brand new menu curated by newly appointed executive chef and general manager William Halsall - who has previously worked in London’s Le Caprice, 34 Grosvenor Square, and The Ivy.

Guests can expect a range of dishes from local suppliers from across the region.

Renowned for creating a home from home experience, the team has been working hard renovating the hotel’s interior and exterior to improve overall guest experiences and to keep the local community safe.

As part of this, locals, visitors, and passers-by are invited to enjoy some highlights from the Copper Dog Pub menu for takeaway or to eat out on the hotel grounds overlooking the Spey river.

The upgrade of the outdoor dining experience offers seating for an additional thirty guests.

Inside the Copper Dog there will be hand sanitising stations at every entrance and carefully monitored social distancing in place.

Will Halsall said: “Our team can’t wait to reopen the doors and welcome locals and visitors alike back to The Craigellachie.

"We are also pleased to be offering a brand new food and drink menu from Copper Dog’s bar and kitchen featuring the very best of Speyside’s larder which can now be enjoyed on our new terrace overlooking the banks of the River Spey.

"A big reason behind Speyside becoming the world’s largest whisky producing region is its micro climate and being one of the driest places in Scotland.

"This means we have some of the best food produce too, working with local suppliers from Sutherlands of Portsoy seafood, to locally grown vegetables from Speyfruit and beef from Aberlour’s S.A Mackie Butchers.

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"Our team has gone through vigorous training in preparation for reopening without compromising our friendly, home from home experience and we look forward to welcoming everyone back.”

Reservations are mandatory and can be made online or by calling 01340 881204.

The Copper Dog pub opening times are - 10am - 10pm, seven days a week.

Accommodation will open from 17 May and guests will be able to pre-book online.

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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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