Serving Up Summer on a Plate
By Douglas Clubb, head chef The sun is shining, the skies are blue – there’s not better time for us to launch our new summer menu. Even with the fantastic weather that we’ve been having these past few weeks, my mind always wanders to foreign shores and sunnier climes during the summer months. It’s where I take inspiration when I’m writing a summer menu. Whereas in the autumn and winter we’re all about comfort food with rich combinations, during summer I enjoy eating flavours that remind me of holidays and times in the sun. That said, regardless …
Summer Weddings are Hotting Up
By Gemma Thompson, wedding and events co-ordinator The tinkling of champagne glasses in the courtyard; the gentle floral scent of peonies wafting through the air; yard after yard of beautiful white silk and lace. Summer wedding season at Maryculter House Hotel is almost upon us! As wedding and events co-ordinator, I absolutely love helping couples to plan their perfect day, regardless of the season. But there is something very special about summer weddings – and the extra dimension that our historic country house hotel brings – that gets the whole team very excited indeed. At the start …
Why Maryculter House Hotel is an Eggs-ellent Base for Easter holidays
By Laura Begg, reception supervisor Here’s something to put a spring in your step – the Easter holidays are here and that means some of the area’s leading visitor attractions are opening their doors for the season. As far as locations go, I always think that Maryculter House Hotel offers our guests the best of both worlds. On the one hand you have the lush green Deeside landscape and the granite cityscape of Aberdeen of the other. Whether you enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside or the hustle of the city, you’re never more than a few …
Finalists in the Scottish Hotel Awards
We’re delighted to have made it to the national final of the Scottish Hotel Awards in four categories – best wedding hotel, best romantic hotel, best country sports hotel and best informal dining hotel. At a recent ceremony, we were named the north east’s best hotel in each category, and now go on to the national final in Edinburgh on April 22. Many of our staff were also recognised for their amazing commitment to providing our guests with an unforgettable stay. Laura Begg was presented with a people of excellence award as concierge of the year while …
Planning a wedding fit for a king – and queen
The countdown is officially on! The wedding of the year is just months away and anyone who is about to get married – and let’s face it even those of us who are not – is eating up every bit of gossip about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding plans. The marriage of monarchy and Hollywood promises to be a both a regal and ritzy affair: no expense will be spared for the wedding celebrations of the nation’s favourite sweethearts. But, take away the multi-million-pound budget, and Harry and Meghan face exactly the same planning dilemmas as …
Wedding guest list etiquette – and how to avoid those awkward moments
You’ve got the dress, booked the venue, agreed the menu and briefed your photographer. That’s the bulk of the work on planning your wedding done, right? Wrong! The trickiest part of planning any wedding – finalising the all-important guest list – is yet to come. As someone who has helped countless numbers of newlywed couples celebrate the happiest day of their lives, Maryculter House Hotel wedding and events manager Beverley Mackinlay knows a thing or two about how to get it right…and has lots of top tips on how to avoid getting it very, very wrong. Here, …