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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.

You Won’t need your Woolies with our Winter Warmers this year

We have an incredible offer this winter which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. From just £85.00 per person, the Kingsmills Hotel is offering you two nights’ accommodation in a Classic room and a full Scottish breakfast to wake up to. You also get to enjoy a three-course dinner in our Inglis Restaurant on your first night and access to all our excellent leisure facilities. When the cold winter wind blows outside, come to us for a warm welcome and a relaxing break to drive the seasonal chills away. Book online to take advantage of our offer and treat someone special to a weekend to remember this winter.

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A Warm Welcome All Winter

Our Winter Warmer runs through to March 2015, so you don’t have to rush to book. Got a birthday coming up that you want to celebrate in style? Got a surprise you want to give someone special for Christmas? Well, book them a room with his offer and they will think you were an angel that fell out of the sky just for them. It really is a treat that is not to be missed.

The Perfect Break

This is the ideal chance for you to get away from a couple of days and just enjoy the quiet and peaceful wonders of the Scottish Highlands. Relax in our spa, swim in our pool, enjoy a massage by a trained professional, enjoy a quiet romantic dinner for two and sleep as soundly as you have since you were a baby. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Festive Season at Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

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Here at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, we have been busy planning and preparing for our favourite season of the year, the festive season. At our beautiful Scottish hotel, we have a host of events and deals on throughout the Christmas period to make your winter holiday all the more memorable. Have a look at our site now to read about our festive party nights and our festive dining options, you don’t want to miss out! It’s not just Kingsmills that’s already getting excited about Santa’s arrival: the entire city of Inverness is anticipating the festive joy. Here at Kingsmills, we have compiled a list of a few special Christmas festivities in Inverness for you to add to your winter schedule.

On Sunday 17th of November, be sure to make your way to the Town House and be a part of the beginning of the Christmas countdown. Join the Provost and Santa Claus himself for the switching on of the highland capital’s lights! The event will combine Christmas carols and traditional Scottish music whilst a most spectacular animation show will be projected on to the Town House wall for all to enjoy. After the lights have been switched on, Santa and the Provost will lead the crowds down Church Street to the Old High Church for the traditional carol concert: a perfect way to mark the start of the city’s countdown to Christmas.

Who doesn’t love an evening filled with fun, laughter, singing and dancing? From Tuesday 3rd of December until Sunday 5th of January, the Eden Court theatre proudly presents its Sleeping Beauty pantomime. This is the perfect evening for families, couples or young parties looking for something different!

On Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of December, Santa, his elves and his reindeer are making their way back to Whin Park. Playground rides and Santa in the beautifully illuminated Whin Park provides a truly magical experience for families in the city; why not extend the magic with a family stay at Kingsmills Hotel.

At Kingsmills, Inverness, we love the festive period and, like the rest of the Highlands, we just can’t wait for the Inverness winter schedule to get underway and for true Scottish joy and cheer to spread across the our city!

A Royal Guest: Kingsmills Hotel Welcomes Princess Megan

The staff at Kingsmills Hotel are delighted to play host to the beautiful and inspirational Megan Gillon on a regular basis. We always love having Megan to stay at our hotel in Inverness, and were touched by the beautiful message we received from her mother, Kirsty Gillon, after her most recent stay with us:

 

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Kingsmills Hotel is delighted to count the beautiful Megan Gillon amongst one of our regular guests. Megan: you are a wee soldier!

Hi, my daughter and I stay with you regularly (as she visits Raigmore Hospital a lot!). When we stayed last time (10th April for 2 nights) you kindly gave us a complimentary upgrade to the Kingsclub and a beautiful room with a balcony overlooking the golf course. We just want to say a massive thank you to all the staff because they treated Megan like a princess! She’s in a wheelchair and has a few confidence issues but you made her usual hospital visit into a real treat! She has not smiled that much in a while and I can’t thank the Kingsclub and Leisure centre staff enough for making her feel like royalty. The dining room staff were just as wonderful in dealing with her food allergies! You really made a difference to my wee angel! We’re coming back to stay at the Kingsmills on Sunday 12th for a night as we have Raigmore again on Monday and she’s really looking forward to it. Thank you again!!

 

We are thrilled that Megan enjoyed her complimentary upgrade to Kingsclub, and appreciated the lovely balcony views over our neighbouring Scottish golf course. Our restaurant staff have a real family dining ethos, catering to all palates and dietary requirements with a fine selection of Scottish cuisine, and I am so pleased that Megan enjoyed eating in our hotel restaurant too.

 

It was a pleasure welcoming you back again last night Princess Megan, and we hope to see you again soon for some more royal treatment!