Traditionally the weather-obsessed Brits have chosen Summer as the time for tying the knot. However, there is a growing trend for a cosy intimate winter weddings. There’s a number of good reasons for this, here are our top ten. Continue reading
Not surprisingly, as Burns Night approaches, George our Wild Boar Master of Malt chooses his Malt of the Month from Scotland.
The former garrison town of Inverlochy, now called Fort William, is where we are headed for January’s Malt of the Month.
Fort William once boasted no fewer than three distilleries: Ben Nevis, Nevis and Glenlochy. Demolition removed all traces of the Nevis Distillery, the sister to Ben Nevis, and a housing estate now occupies the site. The owners of the second distillery, Glenlochy, converted many of the buildings to a hotel and offices. Although presently used for different purposes, the malt barn, filling store, warehouses, and pagoda roof, remain standing on the site of Glenlochy, primarily because they are listed buildings. Ben Nevis is now the only surviving distillery in Fort William and one of the two still remaining on Scotland’s west coast. Continue reading
George Hutton, our Wild Boar Master of Malt, is getting quite lyrical as he takes us ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ in his latest Malt of the Month.
Speed, bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward! the sailors cry;
Carry the lad that’s born to be King
Over the sea to Skye.
The Skye Boat Song is a Scottish folk song recalling the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid and assisted by Flora MacDonald, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising. Continue reading
George, The Wild Boar Master of Malt, has been reminiscing about childhood family holidays in Scotland as he chooses for his Malt of the Month, the Glenfarlas 15 year old.
This month as I continue on my whisky journey I am back in Speyside, famed as much for is scenic splendour as for the number of distilleries. Having explored the area on many occasions whilst on holiday with my parents, it is an area that I love to come back to again and again. Continue reading
Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Wild Boar tells us why she loves what she does and why creating a bride and grooms perfect day will never be boring!
I love the fact that everything to do with weddings at The Wild Boar is woven around the individual needs of the bride and groom. We don’t have set ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ or ‘platinum’ packages, we just have what is perfectly individual each time.
When a bride and groom get in touch to make an initial enquiry, I send out our wedding brochure but what is more important to me is that first appointment when I get to meet the couple for the first time and show them around the inn, with all its charm, family warmth and wealth of unique features that can be tailored to create what will be the most important day of the couple’s lives.
I grew up around the Inn. My Dad, Marc Sanders, has been Head Chef at The Wild Boar for over twenty years, so I know that fulfilling a couple’s wedding dreams is what we do here. After I’ve met the bride and groom and they’ve decided to trust us with handling the event of their lives, we get down to the details.
I’ve found that couples are usually reassured by the fact that the team here at The Wild Boar take weddings in their stride – whatever requests are made.
One wedding featured Betty the Bulldog complete in wedding outfit! It was her responsibility to make sure the wedding rings arrived down the aisle safely.
Last year a bride and groom having a marquee wedding in the Wild Boar woods requested a bus stop at the top of the woods where their guests were to wait to be driven to the venue. The team at the Wild Boar do everything we can to make these kind of dreams come true.
We Make Much Ado About Food …
Early in the planning process we invite the bride and groom for a chat with Chef. This is where years of experience with wedding menus has given him an instinct for what works and what doesn’t. He crafts the wedding menu around what the bride and groom want – and if it’s not something normally on the menu he is happy to make it or to work on a wedding theme.
One bride and groom were very particular about having a very spicy sauce for their steaks. Chef sourced some scotch bonnet chillies, grown only in the Caribbean and with them we created their very own sauce and called it the 3XXL! Cheese wedding cakes are becoming more popular and we love to dress them and make them just as beautiful as a traditional cake.
The Big Day arrives
It wouldn’t be a wedding unless everybody involved had some kind of pre-wedding anticipation. Obviously the bride and groom and those in the wedding party are going to have the usual nerves associated with such an important day. However, The Wild Boar ‘family’ are also on heightened alert – weddings are never run-of-the-mill days! From the Housekeeping team to the Restaurant team there is an excited buzz around the inn and we all feel very much a part of this special day.
Behind the scenes there is always the tension of making sure that everything on the surface runs perfectly smoothly – taking the strain is all part and parcel for the team. This might mean that Chef is nagging me to get the guests seated before the cooked-to-perfection steaks become cremated or threatening to send out the food before the Father-of-the-Bride has completed his hour and a half speech!! Of course, he never does – he cares too much about creating the perfect day!
So, the hard work, planning, long shift, Chef’s mini tantrums are over and the wedding has been a huge success. The Bride and Groom and all the guests have had a wonderful day – the food and drinks, home-brewed beer, family atmosphere! They’ll never know that more than once I’ve threatened to send Dad home! After a recent Wild Boar wedding, I asked him what type of wedding he’d like me to have? I was told in no uncertain terms that he will be happy to arrange my elopement to the Caribbean! Perhaps I’ll keep him this side of the kitchen when that day arrives!!
Next Wedding Fayre
Meet the team at our next Wedding Fayre on Sunday 2nd November from 12pm – 4pm. This a great opportunity to see The Wild Boar and speak to our local hand picked suppliers.
- Written by: Emma Sanders, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Wild Boar
George, our Master of Malt, takes us to the very tip of Scotland for our October Malt of the Month.
Highland Park distillery located in Orkney is the Northernmost Distillery in Scotland, situated as it is just South of the Arctic Circle.
Highland Park is one of only a few distilleries that still use the expensive and physically demanding task of turning its own barley by hand during the drying process. About 20% of the barley used in Highland Park is actually produced on Orkney; the remainder is supplied from a Malting Company in the Scottish Borders.
For our September Malt of the Month at The Wild Boar, George Hutton is taking us on a tour of Speyside for a Whisky that he has have come to love. Continue reading