Scran season 6: Food, community gardening, history and future plans at Mingary Castle

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 2nd Sep 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

Have you ever looked at the remains of an old building or castle and thought - what would it be like to restore it and open it as a restaurant? Well, that's exactly what we'll be talking about on this episode of Scran.

Rosalind recently travelled to Mingary Castle, on the west coast of Scotland in Ardnamurchan Estate where she met with Chef Patron Colin Nicolson and his partner, general manager and co-owner Jessica Thompson who have set about making this restaurant with rooms a success despite the obvious challenges of its location.

Rosalind learns about how the pair ended up there and what their vision for the castle is.

Taking a tour around the community garden and shop, Rosalind also speaks to Rachel Middleton who cares for the garden and supplies the castle and locals alike with an abundance of fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables.

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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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