A Gastronomic Delight!
After an early start and a fuss free flight I had arrived at Edinburgh airport and was excited for my very first trip to Scotland.
I was warmly greeted by Martin from the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, and after a short 20-minute drive we had reached the hotel located in the heart of the city. My contemporary bedroom had the most spectacular view of Edinburgh Castle and after settling in I made full use of the complimentary access to the One Spa with its Thermal Suite and rooftop Hydro pool.
Refreshed and relaxed, our group met in the One Square restaurant and bar for lunch, and to experience what the kitchen had to offer. We sampled a range from their moving bowl menu, which was a refined mix of delicious hand held portions. Now that we had the taste for it we were joined by Craig; the Sheraton Grand's Executive Chef, who put our culinary skills to the test with a canape competition where we were tasked to recreate a sample of different canapes.
Leaving the fate of our canapes in the hands of Craig, we departed the hotel and arrived dockside to board the Royal Yacht Britannia. The vessel is still decorated with its original layout and furnishings and is a true look into the day to day life of our monarchy. As we stood on the top deck for nibbles and fizz, it really became clear what a regal setting the Yacht is for a drinks reception or dinner party. It really is fit for royalty!
We finished our day with dinner back at the Sheraton with dishes of delicious locally sourced food. But the real show was for pudding, with a 'Dessert on the Pass' where we were invited to re-join Craig in the kitchen, equipped with a bundle of the ingredients for a creatively displayed sweet (and a good spoonful of popping candy!)
After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, walking shoes were on as we began a tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile hosted by Mercat Tours. Our guide was well informed and shared with us the history, the tales and even a few ghost stories on our route through the steep cobbled streets. Making our way uphill, we finished the tour at the perfect stop - Edinburgh Castle. It really was the perfect ending for such an enjoyable trip!
Frederike Ball; Primary Project Co-ordinator