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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.

Getting Married at Kingsmills

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This August we were delighted to welcome high-school sweethearts Ruth and David to celebrate their special day. We recently caught up with the smitten newlyweds to hear all about their beautiful wedding experience at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness and were simply delighted to hear that the wedding had been of the utmost success.

At Kingsmills, we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer our guests the chance to get their hair done on the premises at Aurora. Ian and his team made sure Ruth, her mum, her mother-in-law and the bridesmaids were well looked after and didn’t need to worry about lifting a curling tong never mind leaving the hotel! The girls also got their make-up done professionally in the hotel making their girly morning most relaxing; only the best for our wedding parties.

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Ruth described their humanist wedding ceremony as “everything we wanted” and was so glad that their little girl was able to play such a notable part in it too. Their perfect day did not stop there. With the sun shining, the guests were able to enjoy drinks and canapes in the beautiful Kingsmills fairytale gardens whilst the children danced around the grounds in excitement. The guests then retreated to the hotel to enjoy the “beautiful” meal where our staff kept busy ensuring the meal was served to perfection. The speeches soon began and Ruth’s dad constructed a slideshow taking the happy couple on a trip down memory lane. Kinky Karma struck up the music and the happy couple and their guests happily danced the night away! After a night of excitement, the couple returned to the Bridal Suite and were welcomed with a congratulations plate serving up shortbread, chocolate muffins and raspberries.

The next day guests were able to roam the beautiful Scottish gardens, go for a swim and enjoy a spot of breakfast: the perfect ingredients to rid any hangover!

Here at Kingsmills we have a range of wedding packages to suit every taste; we pride ourselves in ensuring each wedding we host is as close to perfect as possible and make it our aim to send you to the next stages of married life in complete contentment.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm – Festive Celebrations at Kingsmills Hotel

Here at Kingsmills Hotel, it is never too early to plan traditional Scottish Christmas celebrations. So save yourself the last minute panic, and feast your eyes on our festive brochure for details of our brilliant selection of festive lunches and dinners, party nights, Christmas gift vouchers and pre-party pampering packages.

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Celebrate the festive season at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness

Join us for a sumptuous Christmas lunch between 1st and 24th December and be treated to a tantalising festive feast prepared by our experienced and creative team of chefs. 3 courses cost just £13.95. Parties of 9 or less please call 01463 257124 for information and to book. For parties of 10 or more we will require full pre-payment 14 days in advance, to book please call our Christmas co-ordinator on 01463 257102.

 

We are also hosting a great selection of festive events. Following the sell-out success of Christmas 2012, our All Inclusive Party Package is back by popular demand. For a fixed price of £65 per person, you will receive a welcome glass of bubbly, then a 3 course festive feast including drinks, followed by a disco to dance off all that indulgent cuisine. Our Bring a Party to a Party nights, featuring a 3 course meal then a disco by ‘The Entertainment Experience’ are also making a comeback, so browse our brochure and decide which option takes your fancy.

 

When the dancing stops, we are offering guests who attend any of our party nights luxury accommodation at Kingsmills Hotel from just £30 per person, based on bed and breakfast and two people sharing twin or double accommodation. Call 01463 257100 to make your reservation today!

 

We are also hosting Michael Bublé Tribute Evenings on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 7th December, at which you can sit back and soak up that festive atmosphere accompanied by the dulcet tones of King of Swing, Jason Porter. Last year these nights sold like hot cakes, so we recommend you get in there quickly to avoid disappointment. To book call 01463 257 102.

 

As always, we will be serving up our traditional Christmas Day Lunch (with a surprise visit from a plump beardy man in a red suit for the kids!), and giving you the opportunity to prolong that festive feeling with a relaxing Boxing Day Lunch. Have a look at our festive brochure for menus and bookings details, and prepare to enjoy a wonderfully relaxing Christmas in Inverness.

 

You can then see in the New Year in true Highland style at our Residential Hogmanay Gathering. Full details can be found in our festive brochure. Alternatively, you can treat yourself to the ultimate luxury festive break in one of our Kingsclub rooms and enjoy a quiet Hogmanay of understated Scottish luxury. Either way, here at Kingsmills, we guarantee your Hogmanay in Scotland will go off with a bang!

 

To prepare you for all this revelry, our spa team offers an indulgent range of treatments and packages. So have a look at our spa brochure, channel that inner A-lister and get set to dazzle this festive season!

 

We look forward to welcoming you to join in the celebrations with us!

Luxuriate in a Pampering Spa Experience at Kingsclub

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Our indulgent hot stone massage therapy is just one of the many luxurious treatments you can enjoy at Kingsclub Spa, Inverness.

Kingsclub Spa offers the perfect sanctuary away from the toils of day to day life. Our ethos is based around well-being, health and relaxation. Open 7 days a week, we offer an extensive range of beauty therapies including facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures as well as a wide selection of indulgent Pamper Packages.

 

Our Duo package is the perfect romantic treat for you and your partner, offering a [Comfort Zone] face and body ritual and luxury hand and food treatments in our spacious Duo Suite, followed by refreshments, a sumptuous champagne lunch and the use of Kingsmills Hotel Leisure Club. At just £195 per couple, this is the perfect way to share your spa experience with a loved one. Or why not treat your mum or a close friend to some girly pampering together? We will even throw in a professional blow dry for just £15 per person, ensuring that you really do leave feeling a million dollars.

 

Kingsclub Spa also offers a selection of soothing and revitalising massage and reflexology treatments, from deep tissue and sports treatments, to specialist massages such as Indian head massages (bliss!) and our popular hot stone full body massage. Our range of Man Space treatments ensure the men in your life feel well and truly spoilt.

 

If, after all that relaxation, you feel like a refreshing work out, The Kingsmills Hotel Leisure Club is the ideal partner to Kingsclub Spa. Kitted out with a full range of state of the art exercise equipment, friendly and experienced fitness instructors, as well as a sauna and steam room, this is the perfect place to work out an appetite before enjoying a slap up meal in our airy a la carte Conservatory Restaurant. And why not top off a perfect day with a night of luxury in one of our Kingsclub rooms. Contemporary and spacious, yet delightfully cosy and comfortable, we guarantee that you will sleep like a log.

 

With so many treatments and Pamper Packages available, there is surely something at Kingsclub Spa to help you get that summer sparkle! You can call 01463 257 130 to enquire about and book treatments and pamper sessions, and gift vouchers are available to purchase online. Alternatively, you can submit a spa enquiry through our website, and we will call you to make all the arrangements (even booking is relaxing). You’ll find a full list of available treatments and products in our online brochure.

 

Let us help you prepare for summer – go on, you deserve it!