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Here at Crubenbeg House, Irene has, justifiably, got quite a reputation for her expertise at the stove.
Firstly, and perhaps, most importantly, she rustles up our marvellous and increasingly infamous breakfasts, day in, day out - something our guests tell us they really look forward to.
Secondly, she also conjures up superb evening meals for our guests, 5 evenings a week, Wednesday to Sunday, but not in in July & August, when we offer Bed & Breakfast only.
Irene prepares a delicious, "Menu of the Day", comprising a small Appetiser, a Main Course & Dessert, carefully taking into account any guests' dietary needs or preferences that she knows about and, of course, whatever fresh ingredients are available that day.
On any evening, throughout the year, when we are not cooking dinners, we are happy to offer an equally delicious, home-cooked light supper, specifically for unsupported cyclists and walkers.
Over the years, we have developed a wide and varied repertoire of dinner and supper dishes, doing interesting things with good local, Scottish produce. We are proud that what we offer seems to be very much to our guests’ tastes, judging by the number of folk who choose to eat in.
Irene’s always trying out new recipes too, so that our returning guests can experience something new, though there’s nothing wrong at all with her very popular core menus, so we're told!!
Wherever possible, we try to use locally sourced Scottish ingredients in our cooking. In the main, our meats, cheeses and eggs come from our local butcher, George Gow, our veg from local suppliers, and our Hot Smoked Salmon from Glenfeshie. In season, our soft fruits come from Alvie, our plums from our neighbours' trees (with their permission) and our rhubarb from behind our shed!
Irene also bakes our delicious breads and pancakes, not forgetting the cakes - oh those cakes!!
We have always prided ourselves on catering for our guests who have food allergies, or other dietary needs, ensuring that they enjoy their food during their stays with us, something on which we've been complimented since we started all those years ago.
However, under the new, EU-imposed, Food Information Regulations, we are now required to formally advise our guests that all our food is prepared in a kitchen where nuts, gluten and other allergens are present and also that the descriptions of the dishes on our menus do not include all the ingredients.
If you do have a dietary need or, importantly, a food allergy, please let us know when you are making your booking - we'll also check this with you when you arrive.
We can then advise you of which dishes, if any, contain any of the 14 allergens listed in the new Regulations. These include Gluten, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Fish, Peanuts, Lupin, Tree Nuts (such as Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds), Soya, Eggs, Milk, Celery, Mustard, Sesame & Sulphur Dioxide.
More importantly, we will also be able to adjust the menu to take account of your allergies or dietary needs, allowing you to enjoy your food to the full.
Take a look at our typical menus and, if you think you’d like to join our other guests, again please just let us know when you make your booking.
John has also jumped through the hoops and leapt the hurdles of the new Scottish Licensing System so that we can continue to make your stay complete by offering a range of super wines, local real ales and a selection of whiskies & other libations too.
Lastly, we should not forget to mention that we also offer our packed lunches and, in the afternoon, our Crubenbeg Teas.
All in all, simply scrumptious!!!
Irene has always loved to cook; indeed, it is one of the things that she really enjoys about what we do here at Crubenbeg House. It is also one of the many things that guests are kind enough to tell us she does really well.
Over our 11 years in business, she has developed a superb, wide-ranging repertoire of dishes, with something to suit all tastes and dietary needs. She has also gained an enviable reputation, not only for her stunning breakfasts but also for her splendid dinners.
In April and again in December each year, we host a Cookery Weekend which, we are pleased to say, are always well supported and usually booked up well in advance. We have also been asked to arrange whole-house bookings for groups of guests who come to cook.
In between times, she is more than happy to share her recipes with guests who are kind enough to ask.
As something new for the website this year, we have been encouraged to post a few of her recipes for you to copy, try out in your own kitchen and, we hope, enjoy.
Over the past 2 years or so, whilst we've been fundraising for Maggie's Cancer Care, guests have been kind enough to make donations for the recipes.
If you would like to do the same, you still can by visiting John's Just Giving page. We'll be thrilled & grateful to you. Equally, if you prefer not, we'll be just as pleased to know that you've enjoyed making and eating one of Irene's signature dishes.
We will update the recipes on this page from time to time, to keep things fresh but, to get the ball rolling, here are some of Irene's most popular, most requested dishes.
Do, please, enjoy the cooking and, of course, the eating!!