Victory for Kingsmills Chef in Young Highland Chef of the Year Awards

In this blog we would like to say how proud we are of our very own chef Arkadiusz Swider, who has recently been awarded third place in the Young Highland Chef of the Year Awards 2014. The Young Highland Chef awards are an initiative of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and their partners the Albert Roux Consultancy. Since 2009, the awards have given talented young Scottish chefs the opportunity to play their skills against contestants before a panel of professional judges, led by Double Michelin star chef Albert Roux.

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Twenty-six-year-old Arkadiusz faced some very stiff competition from other young chefs in qualifying for the contest, and so we were delighted when we heard he had been selected as one of the six finalists. For the final contest on 28th October, Arkadiusz had to travel to the Burghfield House Hotel in Dornoch to participate in a cook-off in front of a live panel of judges with his five fellow-finalists. Apart from Albert Roux himself, the panel included heavyweight chefs such as Andrew Fairlie from the Gleneagles Hotel, Brian Maule of the Chardon d’Or in Glasgow and Glen Watson of The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. As third placed winner, Arkadiusz received a prize of £100 and some well-deserved recognition from leaders in the hospitality industry that we know will stand him in good stead for his future career.

Arkadiusz came back exhausted, but justly proud of his sterling performance in the prestigious awards. It just goes to prove what we at the Kingsmills knew all along – that Arkadiusz is a creative, passionate and exceptionally talented young chef. He is a pleasure to work with, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have him as part of the team. Well done!

To taste Arkadiusz’ handiwork for yourself, book yourself in for dinner at our Inglis or Conservatory A La Carte restaurant, and we very much look forward to seeing you soon at the Kingsmills Hotel.

Shopping Break in Inverness.

Inverness offers perfect places to obtain the ultimate gift for a friend or loved one and Kingsmills Hotels in Inverness is perfect for exploring the nearby shops in Eastgate or the Victorian Market in the Old Town.

The Victorian Market is a beautiful shopping centre, composed by a special range of shops that offers products and services that you will generally not find on the high street. It is based in the heart of the Old Town.

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The Eastgate shopping centre is much larger than the Victorian Market, it serves the largest shopping catchment area in Europe with great shops such as Monsoon; Accessorize; Argos; The Body Shop; Boots; Costa Coffee; Claire’s Accessories; and Clinton Cards among others.


Spend some time visiting Leakey’s, a huge second hand bookshop in a converted church where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while browsing their expansive stock. Or why not peruse one of the art galleries down by the riverside where you can see work by a number of local artists.

Enjoy a day’s shopping in the city centre and then indulge in our amazing Spa and leisure facilities here at the luxury four-star resort Kingsmills Hotel, located only 1 mile from the centre of Inverness, it is perfect for both leisure hotel breaks and for business travel. Delight in your Christmas shopping, topped off with our Shopper Offer – with prices starting from £37.50*.


Let us spoil you with:

1 night Luxury accommodation in one of our Classic rooms

Full Scottish breakfast

Access to our extensive Leisure facilities


*Rates start from £37.50 per person based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room.  Supplements apply for our Deluxe, Family and Kingsclub Rooms.
You can book online here or call us direct on 01463 257100 quoting “Shopper Offer”. This;  rate is valid from 1st November until 31st March 2013 (subject to availability).






Relive the Tradition Afternoon Tea at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

Would you like to travel back back to the early 19th Century, savouring the delicious finger foods and a selection of finest quality of tea? Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Kingsmills Hotel. The lounge of the Kingsmills Hotel is the perfect setting to carry on this elegant tradition. As the original mansion house dates back to the 18th century, it has no doubt witnessed many a sophisticated afternoon tea gathering.

Ceremony and serving of afternoon tea was started by the Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. She said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon and decided to take a pot a tea and a light snack privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. Subsequently, she invited her friends in her rooms at Woburn Abbey. This practice was a great success and the Duchess continued it, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields”.


Today, this pause for tea has become a fashionable social event for not just upper classes to join in but for everyone. Usually tourists think that we are a nation where, in the words of the well-known song, “at half past three, everything stops for tea”. We would love you to relive the traditional Afternoon tea with the warmth of tea and friendship here at The Kingsmills Hotel.


Our Afternoon tea starts with savoury finger-sized smoked salmon, cucumber, or egg and mustard cress sandwiches – followed by scones with jam and cream (clotted cream made in Devon), and finally a selection of cakes and tea, each of which has been chosen to compliment the delicate flavours from the kitchen.Tea is served from heavy, ornate, silver teapots into delicate bone china cups.

Book and indulge Afternoon tea with family or friends at Kingsmills in Inverness from about 3 pm until 5 – with price starting from £9.00.

Indulge in a relaxing Boxing Day lunch with your friends or family at Kingsmills Hotel

What is your plan for Boxing Day this year? After so much cooking on Christmas Day, you may want to spend more time with your family and friends without the hassle of the cooking or the cleaning up! And here at Kingsmills Hotel we know that no Boxing Day food table would be complete without traditional and delicious dishes. Our experienced and creative chef’s have created a flavourful menu for your Boxing Day Lunch to share with your loved ones completely hassle-free.

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Enjoy our delicious 3 course lunch served between 12 noon and 3pm. This is what you can expect from our amazing Boxing Day Lunch Menu:



Cream of Broccoli Soup

Strathdon blue cheese croutons

Haggis Filo Parcels

drambuie and redcurrant jelly

Selection of Seafood

crab, mussels and prawns, whisky marie rose sauce

Butternut Squash Risotto

Shaved parmesan, truffle oil

Main Course

Roast Rib of Strathspey Beef

Yorkshire pudding, thyme roasted potatoes, honey glaze roots

Corn Fed Breast of Chicken

Goat’s cheese and spinach stuffing, Orkney clapshot

Grilled Fillet Sea Bass

Tomato and basil, clam spaghetti, cray fish and garlic butter

Scottish Lamb Chops

Mint infused, char-grilled pink, hand cut chips and bearnaise sauce


Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Vanilla pod custard

Mocha Panacotta

Fruits of the forest jelly

Spice Poached Pear

Red wine syrup, creme fraiche ice cream

Selection of Soft and Hard Scottish Cheese

Onion Chutney, biscuits

Freshly Filtered Coffee

with Mini Mince Pies


Adults are priced at £25.00 per person, Children 16 years and under at £12.50 per person.  Kids Menu is available for 11 years and under.
Why not make a night of it, add an overnight stay at £30.00 per adult based on 2 sharing a classic twin/double room inclusive of Bed & Breakfast.
To make your reservation simply call us on 01463 257102 or email