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!!!