The top 14 Scottish wedding venues for foodie couples 2021
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For couples who love nothing more than indulging in fine dining with expertly matched wines, their choice of wedding venue will naturally be guided by their palate.
Only venues with the very best menus will cut the mustard, so to speak; offering the finest foods, often locally-sourced, and cooked with creative flair.
We’ve rounded up 14 of the very best Scottish wedding venues for foodie couples. Read on to see if your venue’s on our list…
Achray House is a 10-bedroom exclusive use wedding venue based on the banks of Loch Earn in stunning rural Perthshire. With the serenity of the Loch and rolling hills, picture this; standing at the still waters’ edge, including up to 40 of your closest friends and family with your reflection staring back at you. The only disturbance is the singing of the birds.
Achray House’s Lochview Restaurant is a two AA rosette culinary experience so you know you’re guaranteed exceptional food for your wedding, served up in the delightful conservatory which boasts 180-degree views of the loch. The mouth-watering wedding menu includes Perthshire venison daube, Scottish seafood boudin and a selection of Scottish cheeses – the perfect treat for foodies getting wed.
Unusual Venues of Edinburgh
Unusual Venues of Edinburgh offers not just one but three exciting locations for your wedding across the capital’s city centre. All three award-winning venues; The Rowantree, Marlin’s Wynd and The Caves are steeped in fascinating history and are guaranteed to wow your guests. They form part of the legendary Edinburgh Vaults; a series of chambers in the arches of the South Bridge. Just imagine exchanging vows in front of your friends and family with soft candlelight dancing off the ancient stone walls and fairy lights twinkling.
The venues also pride themselves on their food offering. They are committed to using fresh, local, seasonal Scottish produce and their dedicated head chef creates innovative menus, using only the finest flavours that’ll have your guests raving about your wedding breakfast for years to come.
Nestled in the heart of the Scottish Borders, bursting with 500 years of history and medieval charm, Aikwood Tower is a perfect marriage of ancient and modern – the ideal venue for a small Scottish castle wedding with five-star style. With accommodation for ten guests, wedding guest numbers can range from two to 60.
Couples can use the building and grounds as they wish – the historic building, natural stonework and picturesque gardens are a blank canvas, creating a romantic backdrop to a wedding with serious wow factor.
Aikwood Tower has an approved list of external caterers who use the finest local, seasonal produce. Whatever you envisage for your wedding meal they can create, whether you’re after fine dining or a more informal afternoon tea or hog roast.
Named one of the best wedding venues in the UK by Harpar’s Bazaar, it’s not hard to see what makes Achnagairn Castle such a treasure. This unique, five-star venue in the heart of the Highlands has everything you could wish for for your big day, from a vaulted ballroom fit for royalty and 30 acres of stunning grounds to luxury bedrooms and all the space you need for everyone to stay over, both within the castle itself or in one of the “mini manors” in the grounds.
A premium venue demands premium service and mouthwatering wedding breakfast food worthy of the grand ballroom it’s served in. The castle works with a panel of five catering partners who each work tirelessly to ensure your tailor made food is exactly what you wish.
Altskeith Country House
Set on the banks of Loch Ard, Altskeith Country House enjoys enviable views over Ben Lomond. This grand house specialises in weddings and encourages you to wed outdoors, but where that’s not possible the function room has floor to ceiling glass doors so you can still enjoy a waterside wedding.
Altskieth is renowned for its exceptional food and wine so why not start your wedding weekend with a pre-wedding dinner the night before? Then on the big day you’re spoilt for choice.
You could opt for a multi-course tasting menu, or why not serve up family style fare or a sharing platter menu. But it’s the smoked and slow cooked meat wedding feast that’s the signature at Altskeith. Then if you still have room after some dancing, why not get the chef to fire up the wood fired pizza oven or serve paella?
Hidden away in woods on the Fife coastline you’ll find Cambo Estate. With an historic 18-bedroom mansion house, lush lawns, woodland walks, golden beaches, a walled garden and even a distillery there’s plenty here to catch your eye.
Indoor weddings can be accommodated within the opulent reception rooms of the house itself, the covered inner courtyard or the rustic Tattie Shed but if the weather plays ball we love Cambo’s beautiful walled garden. You can exchange vows on the garden’s lawn with up to 200 of your nearest and dearest looking on.
Choose to host your wedding breakfast in Cambo’s courtyard or the impressive Drawing Room, Ballroom or Dining Room. You could have a formal dinner but how gorgeous is this luxury picnic by Platter and Pop?
Set in beautiful Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, Douneside House sits within the grounds of the MacRobert Estate making it an ideal location for a romantic countryside wedding. Exclusive use packages are available where you and up to 60 guests will have the full run of the house itself, the adjacent apartments and holiday cottages as well as the gardens, health club and tennis court. The couple themselves will stay in the bridal suite, Lady MacRobert’s room, which boasts spectacular views over the infinity lawn.
Foodie couples will relish every moment of their wedding at Douneside. The award-winning head chef will prepare a truly Scottish dining experience for your big day, showcasing seasonal and locally sourced produce, perfectly complemented by an extensive list of wines and whiskies.
Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding or a far grander affair Gleneagles has the perfect event space for you. At this luxury Scottish venue of worldwide renown, you can choose between cosy spaces like the parlour or the billiard room, switch it up to weddings on a larger scale in the likes of the drawing room or the Henry Hall or go for the full-blown opulence of the ballroom or huge space of the arena. Each different location comes with its own styling and beautiful interiors.
With this being Gleneagles expect the highest standards of dining for all your wedding food, with menus to rival that of the resort’s restaurants. The team will put together an imaginative menu, catering across every season, to all tastes.
Kilcamb Lodge Hotel
This small luxury hideaway sits nestled on the beautiful shores of Loch Sunart on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, surrounded by 22 acres of natural private meadow, mountains and woodland. Kilcamb Lodge was the proud recipient of the Best UK Boutique Hotel 2019 award and it’s easy to see why. At Kilcamb you can enjoy four-star luxury while its 3AA Rosette restaurant makes it a foodie’s paradise. You can marry al fresco by the loch or under the magnificent lime tree, or stay indoors in the marquee or the drawing room.
Host your wedding at Kilcamb and you can rest easy that only the finest ingredients will be used in your wedding fare, from delicious fresh fish and shellfish to Scottish beef and venison, and, of course, a plethora of fine single malt whiskies.
One Devonshire Gardens, Hotel du Vin
Sitting on a tree-lined Victorian terrace in Glasgow’s fashionable West End at One Devonshire Gardens, you’ll find this luxury boutique hotel. When it comes to city weddings One Devonshire Gardens has it all; an elegant staircase to glide down as you make your way to your choice of ceremony rooms, a beautiful terraced garden perfect for an outdoor ceremony or drinks reception and fantastic food.
Inspired by French bistro, you can choose your wedding menu with the help of the hotel’s “selector” or create your own bespoke meal alongside the talented Head Chef. Whether you’re after a formal five-course meal or a more relaxed buffet your wedding food will be overseen with care and attention. And did we mention there’s a cigar shack and whisky room to top it all off?
If you’re set on a romantic waterside wedding then Portavadie Loch Fyne could be your perfect spot. The bright and airy contemporary venue capitalises on its lochside location with plenty of glass to make the most of those stunning views. Whether you choose to exchange vows in one of the gorgeous waterside locations or head indoors the dedicated events crew will be on-hand to make your dream day come true.
The chefs will create a mouthwatering menu for your big day, taking full advantage of the Argyll larder and with this being Loch Fyne you can of course expect the very best in seafood and shellfish. Then when it’s time for bed why not stay in Tighnamara, the venue’s delightful secluded couple’s retreat with stunning views over the loch.?
For the ultimate foodie wedding make it a Michelin star restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Leith. Award-winning chef Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin allows you to say “I do” while dining on exceptional food in the beautiful private dining room. If you want to ensure your guests are lusting after your wedding food long after you’ve exchanged vows let chef Tom and his talented team design your menu of choice.
The private room can accommodate up to 20 guests or for larger weddings the entire restaurant can be hired on an exclusive use basis for a maximum of 80 guests. All menus at The Kitchin reflect the seasons with fish being sourced from nearby Newhaven, while many ingredients have been foraged by the team.
The Lodge on Loch Goil
If you’re planning an intimate wedding or elopement make sure The Lodge on Loch Goil is in your shortlist of venues to check out. Tucked away in a beautiful corner of the Highlands, the lodge ensures all its weddings are on an exclusive-use basis, allowing you this stunning backdrop to your big day all to yourselves. There’s a choice of locations around the venue for your ceremony and reception and we’re in love with the adorable treehouse sitting high above the loch.
The Lodge on Loch Goil was voted Britain’s Best Restaurant with Rooms at the 2019 AA Awards so who better to cater a wedding for foodies! The chef will create a carefully crafted tasting menu just for you.
Host your dream wedding day in truly opulent surrounding at Trump Turnberry on the southwest coast of Scotland. Perched high about the Irish Sea with stunning views out to the Ailsa Craig this legendary golf hotel offers a luxe location for your big day. You can say “I do” in the Ailsa Craig Suite or the Turnberry Suite before hosting a drinks reception in the Old Tom Morris Suite.
Then treat your guests to a luxurious four-course wedding breakfast inspired by the local surroundings. The approach is classic fine dining using the best locally-sourced ingredients and prepared with the greatest attention to detail.
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