The Balmoral Brings a Taste Of Scotland's Larder to St Petersburg
Edinburgh, November 25, 2011 – Rocco Forte’s iconic Scottish hotel - The Balmoral - is set to showcase what Scotland’s larder has to offer with a week of Scottish food at its sister hotel, Hotel Astoria in Russia.
Scotland has long been renowned for its wealth of fine fayre and The Balmoral’s Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, will make the journey from Edinburgh to St Petersburg to showcase this at the dedicated Scottish Week which will run from Saturday 26th November to Sunday 4th December.
Jeff, who is responsible for four restaurants and bars at The Balmoral including Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant, number one, isfamed for providing outstanding cuisine using only the finest and freshest Scottish ingredients.
Jeff has created a selection of traditional and modern Scottish dishes, designed to reflect the outstanding culinary experience on offer at The Balmoral’s fine dining restaurant. The dishes will feature on the a la carte menu at Hotel Astoria’s Davidov Restaurant throughout the week and where better to celebrate a key date in the Scottish calendar – St Andrew’s Day – which falls on 30 November.
During Scottish Week, Hotel Astoria will also play host to the 14th Caledonian Ball - one of the biggest Scottish celebrations in Russia. Jeff Bland has created an authentic Scottish menu for the occasion, featuring dishes such as fillet of venison with haggis and neeps and roast halibut in a mussel and lobster bouillon with caramelised cauliflower & poached potatoes which will be complemented by Scottish music.
Commenting on the dedicated Scottish Week at Hotel Astoria, The Balmoral’s Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, said:
“I am delighted to be travelling to St Petersburg to give guests of Hotel Astoria a taste of Scotland. Scotland is a fantastic destination for food lovers and our beef, lamb, venison, salmon and shellfish are second to none. We have 16 Michelin starred restaurants in Scotland, making it the perfect place for a culinary trail while experiencing the Scottish culture on your travels.”
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Part of Rocco Forte Hotels since 1997, The Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. The 188-bedroom hotel with its majestic clock tower is located at 1 Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh. The Balmoral boasts Scotland’s only Bollinger Bar; Michelin-starred “number one” restaurant, presided over by Executive Chef, Jeff Bland; a luxurious spa and ten function rooms accommodating up to 450 people, nearly all of which enjoy fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle.
Opened in 1912 Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria is now entering a jubilee year and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012. Hotel Astoria combines Russian character with the elegant sophistication of an international luxury hotel. Contemporary design, original antiques and personalized service give the Astoria a charming and welcoming feel and create an intimate atmosphere.
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Established by Sir Rocco Forte in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; The Lowry Hotel, Manchester; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Brown’s Hotel, London; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Augustine Hotel, Prague; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily; Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi. Future openings: Jeddah 2013; Marrakech 2014; Cairo 2014; Luxor 2014.
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