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Unique dining experience launches in Scotland
Unique dining experience launches in Scotland

18/02/2020

Scotland’s most scenic and smallest dining experience has launched in the Perthshire hills.

The latest culinary craze transports diners high into the hills in a cosy converted 1962 Land Rover to enjoy a menu showcasing Scotland’s natural larder, served with a backdrop of rural Scotland.

Launched by Scotch Lamb PGI and Comrie-based caterer Bonnie Mountain, the pop-up experience is located on Glen Artney farm, part of the Drummond Estate near Comrie.

The set menu, created by Bonnie Colman and her partner James Robb, owners of Bonnie Mountain, features local suppliers from a ten-mile radius, and tells a story of sustainable sourcing and natural production methods.

Dishes include Scotch Lamb from David Comrie and Sons, seasonal vegetables from Tomnah’a at Comrie Croft, sourdough bread from Wild Hearth Bakery, cheese from Strathearn Cheese Company and honey from Perado Apiaries.

The Land Rover was kitted out in interior décor from Be Coorie in Comrie, a new shop showcasing a range of items from local artisans, and is parked atop the hill overlooking the valley below.

A limited number of bookings are available in spring via the Scotch Kitchen social media channels.

Lesley Cameron, Director of Marketing and Communications from Quality Meat Scotland, the organisation which promotes Scotch Lamb PGI, said: "Scotland has some incredible restaurants showcasing produce from amazing suppliers – however diners are often not privy to what goes on behind the scenes in creating the finished dish. "We wanted to launch an experience that gives people the chance to bridge the gap between the source and the finished product, learning about Scottish farming methods, natural ingredients and the local people at the heart of it. "Anyone interested in sampling the delicious menu and learning more about sustainable farming and natural production is invited to enter the draw for a space via the Scotch Kitchen Facebook page.”


James Robb, who runs Bonnie Mountain with his partner Bonnie Colman, said: "Bonnie Mountain is thrilled to be teaming up with Scotch Lamb to champion high quality, healthy and delicious local produce including Scotch Lamb. Our guests will be treated to this outstanding meat from one of our converted Land Rovers in a very remote and breath-taking Scottish location, which we feel completes the heritage and life story of this world class Scottish product.”


Suppliers include: David Comrie & Sons; Tomnah’a, Comrie Croft; The Orchard, Cultybraggen Camp, Comrie; Wild Hearth Bakery; Strathearn Cheese; Perthshire Oatcakes, The Scottish Handmade Oatcake Company; Perado Apiaries; Hansen’s Kitchen; Scottish Tea Factory and Be Coorie. 

The restaurant supports ‘Scotch Lamb, Naturally’, which promotes the natural and sustainable methods used in QMS assured farms and the wider supply chain in rearing high quality and versatile Scotch Lamb PGI. For delicious Scotch Lamb recipes and videos, visit www.scotchkitchen.com or Scotch Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


Menu Starter:
Tomnaha Butternut Squash Soup with slices of Sourdough Bread

Main Course: Scotch Lamb barbecued over oak charcoal served on a bed of buttered leeks, along with barbecued carrots and beetroot wheels as well as roasted Anya potatoes. This was all brought together with rosemary & red wine jus along with with Rowan Berry Jelly and Salsa Verde as condiments.

Dessert: Three cheeses from Strathearn Cheese - Lady Mary, Wee Comrie and the Strathearn served with Perthshire Oatcakes.
Tea & Coffee with locally made tablet.

Full list of suppliers

Scotch Lamb – David Comrie & Sons, Comrie Village Butcher. A seventh generation family run butchers business established in 1835. [Murray Lauchlan]

Vegetables – Tomnah’a, Comrie Croft. Tomnah’a grow a huge variety of delicious vegetables, herbs, and berries as well as fresh cut flowers. They have a very environmental focus using wildlife friendly growing methods to increase biodiversity and resilient long-term productivity. [Sam, Judith & Cristy]

Apple Juice (within the Rowan Berry Jelly)– The Orchard, Cultybraggen Camp, Comrie. The Community Orchard has only been achieved by the hard work of dedicated volunteers with invaluable support from Allotmenteers. More than 286 volunteers have been involved since March 2010 and the Group hopes that this will increase as more courses and events are held in the Orchard. [Various volunteers. Di McNab is Chairman]

Sourdough Bread – Wild Hearth Bakery, Cultybraggen Camp, Comrie. Wild Hearth Bakery is a wood-fired artisan bakery dedicated to the world of genuine sourdough. Their mission is to supply real bread and pastries of outstanding quality to Scottish homes and tables. [John Castley]

Cheese – Strathearn Cheese Company, Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie. Strathearn Cheese Co. is a new cheese-making business started by Drew Watson and Pierre Leger, created in January 2016. It is the vision of Drew and Pierre to produce exciting artisan cheeses in the heart of Strathearn, using local milk supplies and local flavours.

Oat Cakes – Perthshire Oatcakes, The Scottish Handmade Oatcake Company, Crieff. A family owned, small independent producer, the company has won numerous awards since its creation in 2005 including wining Gold in the Guild of Fine Foods Great Taste Awards 2006 and 2007.

Honey – Perado Apiaries. Caring for bees on the hills surrounding Comrie village since 1991. [James Reid]
Coffee – Hansen’s Kitchen, Delicatessen, Comrie. Hansen’s Kitchen is a family owned delicatessen. They make, bake and stock from the world renowned Perthshire’s larder and then look to the best of Scotland and a bit beyond. Within the delicatessen you can find

Highland Coffees roasting top-quality, arabica beans in small batches to maximise flavour. [Iain Hansen]

Tea – Scottish Tea Factory, Comrie. Set up to process tea from green leaf, grown by tea growers from across Scotland. It is also a teaching facility to offer classes, professional level courses for growers and blending experiences. [Beverley-Claire Wainwright]

Interior Décor – Be Coorie, Comrie. A new shop to Comrie, Be Coorie offers an increasing and interesting range of local artisans work: including jewellery, home decor, accessories, books and furniture, interwoven with Antiques and specifically chosen new items hand picked for their quality. [Debbie Anderson]


About QMS and Scotch Lamb: · QMS is the public body responsible for promoting the PGI labelled Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands in the UK and abroad and also promoting Scottish pork products under the Specially Selected Pork logo. ·

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