Blair Castle and the Tullibardine Restaurant

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Come and visit Blair Castle during November and December and see it transformed as they prepare for Christmas.  Experience the historic tale of the 7th Duke’s family setting up the home for the season and enjoy the beautifully decorated castle.  A glorious Victorian banquet is set up in the grandeur of the State Dining Room.

On the 12th of December 2010, the Castle will host a Christmas Choral and Carol concert in the magnificent Ballroom with the Pitlochry District Choral Society.

The program is very festive and includes John Rutter’s Magnificat, songs from the Children’s Choir of Blair Atholl and Struan Primary Schools and seasonal readings from Martyn James.  The audience will also be given opportunity to join the choir in singing some Christmas music.  The price of the ticket also includes a glass of wine or soft drink and a mince pie.  All the proceeds from the concert will go to benefit Music in Hospitals (Scotland).

I should also mention that Blair Castle has a restaurant … the Tullibardine Restaurant. 

EatScotland says,  “The Tullibardine Restaurant within Blair Castle has a modern contemporary feel on entering the wall to wall glass entrance, and this continues through the service area. The seating area is more traditional with paintings adorning the walls along with large slices of Larch Trees adding interest and with explanation of their historical relevance explained beneath. The Restaurant is an ideal destination to relax before or after viewing Blair Castle.”

The Restaurant is open daily (April to October) offering a tempting selection of home-baking, lunches and afternoon teas, including home-grown Atholl Glens Organic beef.

During the Castle’s winter opening (November to March), the restaurant is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, serving a selection of hot beverages, soup, sandwiches, fish and chip suppers, tray-bakes, mince pies and other seasonal fare.

I quite liked the sound of the menu that is available to groups wanting to have a private function:

Menu 1
Cream of cauliflower soup with crusty farmhouse bread
Braised Scottish beef with mustard mash and seasonal vegetables
Tea or Coffee

Menu 2
Norwegian prawn and sundried tomato salad with granary bread fingers
Black pudding stuffed chicken breast with clapshot and a leek cream
Tea or Coffee

Menu 3
Flat cap mushroom stuffed with pate, deep fried with seasonal leaves and Cumberland sauce
Tay salmon en-croute with new boiled potatoes, seasonal greens and parsley cream
Tea or Coffee

Menu 4
Blair Castle haggis meatloaf with onion gravy, braised root vegetables and roast potatoes
Rich dark chocolate fondant with chocolate ice-cream and vanilla anglaise
Tea or Coffee

Menu 5
Freshly breaded North Atlantic haddock with chipped potatoes, garden peas and side salad
Toffee apple crème brulee with highlander shortbread thins
Tea or Coffee

Menu 6
Chefs own open venison pie with braised red cabbage and a cheddar & chive mash
Fresh strawberry and kiwi fruit pavlova with passion fruit coulis
Tea or Coffee

For more information, see http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/visit_restaurant.cfm.

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