It is always a pleasure to attend weddings in Scotland. And as caterers with a mobile crêperie, we are fortunate in that we manage to attend more than most.
The venue on this occasion was Blairquhan Castle. We knew it was going to be special before we even arrived – the website was magnificent and the wedding co-ordinator at the venue was very well organsised, contacting us well in advance after we had been hired to make sure everything was in hand for the day itself.
Blairquhan Castle is around 200 years old, though the site has been used for similar buildings for almost 1000 years. The castle is immaculate and was used in the recent film “The Queen” starring Helen Mirren. In a recent article in ‘The Independent’ newspaper, it was voted 14th best wedding venue in the World.
That’s 14th best – in the WORLD.
And we’d find it hard to disagree.
The journey to the castle was typically Scottish (although the absence of rain was a nice change) and we saw a few interesting sights along the way.
On arrival, we were met by the wedding co-ordinator (who was as friendly in real life as she was by email) who showed us where we were to set-up our crepe station for the evening. The room was a large, grand room with large windows and huge 19th century paintings and portraits hanging from every wall. Apparently an original of one the paintings safely hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. There were also several marble busts around the venue, one of which being of the Duke of Wellington.
The crêpes were not due to be served for some time, so we wandered round the venue and grounds, chatting with guests, checking out the various drawing rooms and extensive library and generally just enjoyning the feel of being in such a beautiful building. The view from one of the rooms, overlooking the river was magnificent.
Every single member of staff was friendly (as were the guests, which is a common theme at Scottish weddings) and we were made very welcome indeed. The whole atmosphere was very friendly and that is a crucial element to any wedding. The staff did not make it feel like it was simply another wedding to be ticked off on the production line.
The guests were intrigued as to what we would be doing, as we like to reveal the menu at the last minute. Once we began serving, we were (as always) extremely popular. Probably the most popular options were Grand Marnier and Milky Bar and fresh strawberry, though as is typical, the traditional pancake favourite of sugar and lemon was a common request.
Once everyone had eaten as many crepes as they liked and it was time for us to pack our crepe station back into the van, members of staff made a point of advising us which way would be best for us to leave the estate and continue our homeward journey and asked if we needed anything else. The staff clearly are very considerate, hospitable and thoughtful by nature. We would love to return one day with our mobile crêperie.
Blairquhan castle is literally the perfect venue for a wedding. An immaculate castle on it’s own estate in beautiful Scottish countryside, yet only 15 minutes from Ayr and an hour or so from Glasgow. There is a definite feeling of grandeur and isolation.
It is the perfect place to feel like a King for the day.
Or perhaps even The Queen.