Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The World Cup is Here

Watch all the Action at The Scotsman

Tomorrow sees the start of the world’s biggest sporting tournament – the World Cup. It has been three years and 334 days since Spain beat The Netherlands in a bad-tempered final in South Africa. This time, the action takes place across Brazil, the first time the tournament has been held there since 1950. Fans from across the globe have waited patiently, and at 9pm tomorrow when the hosts Brazil take on Croatia, the wait will finally be over.

If that wasn't enough, every resident, diner, spa guest and conference visitor to The Scotsman Hotel will be able to see a lot of the action in our state-of-the-art Screening Room. With 46 wingback leather chairs, surround-sound system and huge cinema screen, you can watch all the best goals, the toughest tackles, and see the eventual winner seize the crown when the tournament comes to an end on the 13th July.

A Whole Summer of Sport is Here

If football isn't your cup of tea, then The Scotsman Screening Room is also showing plenty of other sporting events across the summer. The 2014 Wimbledon Championships will be taking place at the same time as The World Cup. Starting on the 23rd June, the most prestigious tennis event in the world will play host to all the big names. Home favourite Andy Murray will be hoping to repeat his historic success of last year, but as always, will have to see off the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer along the way. Meanwhile, the women’s tournament is wide open, with last year’s winner Marion Bartoli having retired immediately after her victory.

Then, on the 23rd July, the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland, as Glasgow gets its chance to be the host city. The Commonwealth Games have a special atmosphere in the UK, as its one of the few occasions when Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland attend an athletics event separately, ensuring a competitive rivalry among the home nations.

The action stays in Scotland for the final major sporting event of the season, with the famous Ryder Cup being held at the iconic Gleneagles golf course. The European team will hope to retain their trophy for the third time in a row, especially after the events of 2012, nicknamed the ‘miracle in Medinah’, where Europe fought back from almost certain defeat to win the tournament in style.

Visiting The Scotsman this Summer?

So, as you can see, The Scotsman has you covered for sport this summer. If you’re staying in one of our elegant rooms or suites, or you have enjoyed a delicious meal at our award-winning North Bridge Brasserie, or even if you've been pampering yourself at our indulgent Spa & Health Club, then feel free to join us in the Screening Room to watch the best of the summer’s sporting action.

*The Screening Room will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the nature of sporting events we cannot guarantee the timings of events.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Strawberries & Cream Afternoon Tea Spa Offer

Summer is finally here… although we don’t want to curse it by typing this! The first rays of sunshine signalled an exciting dash to dust off our sandals and sunglasses at The Scotsman, followed by a sashay down the cobbled streets of Edinburgh in our long-forgotten summer wardrobes. It’s has also seen us preparing to jet off on hot summer holidays and receiving piles of exquisitely enveloped wedding invitations, and so we felt it was fitting to create an offer that provides the perfect opportunity to pamper in preparation for all the important events this season.  Our relaxing remedy offers the choice from a selection of 45 minute Stress-Fix spa treatments, followed by a delicious summertime inspired Afternoon Tea for £65 per person – ensuring you feel your very best inside and out…and has had our team indulging in some ‘me-time’ this summer.

When we’re in need of an escape or simply 45 minutes of pure indulgence, the tranquil Stress-Fix spa treatments available at Scotsman Spa are our go-to treatments, especially as they’re the perfect length for lunch-hour. Choosing from manicure to pedicure, massage or facial, we can’t help but feel soothed by the aromatic waves of lavender and sage scents the Aveda team use. The Stress-Fix Body Massage offers Swedish and deep tissue massage with foot reflexology and acupressure point, all while guiding into a calming mediation; perfect for when you’re in need of switching off and feeling refreshed from head-to-toe. However the Scotsman team favourite has to be the Aveda Stress-Fix Manicure (with the ladies at least)… acupressure and reflexology experiences lead to final outcome of nails polished to perfection, and it allows us the chance to have a good gossip too.

However the cherry on top of this offer is the ‘Strawberries and Cream Afternoon Tea’ served in North Bridge Brasserie. Followed by the Stress-Fix spa treatment, the offer includes a sweet and savoury selection inspired by the Scottish summertime, available gluten-free also. With ground almonds and succulent strawberries encased in the shortcrust pastry of the Bakewell tarts, the truly tempting Champagne and truffle cupcakes and our favourite, sweet and fruity Pimms Trifle, the three-tiers of Afternoon Tea have had us reminiscing over summertime’s well spent driving down country lanes, having high teas in quaint villages and light refreshments at bunting trimmed fetes. There is definitely nothing we love more than enjoying Scotland in the sunshine…and all the tempting treats that come with it!

Though more often than not (ahem), we have chosen to wash down our Afternoon Tea delights with the complimentary Seduction Cocktail, which combines fresh raspberries and lime with Disaronno Amaretto, Crème de Cassis and spiced wine (yum!), there is also an array of teas and coffees on offer. Whether looking for an indulging offer for one or a glamorous day out for a group, it is fast-becoming our favourite way to spend an afternoon this summer at The Scotsman. Available until the end of July. 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Offering a personalised plan for your big day at our Wedding Open Evening

Whether you’re newly engaged and looking for inspiration for your big day or already experiencing the well-known mix of excitement and near exhaustion from months of planning, we’re here with our super team of talented and trusted wedding co-ordinators to walk you through every step of your dream day and ensure all finer details…and loose ends… are perfectly tied up in a luxurious tartan bow.

Meticulous planning is second nature here at The Scotsman and we’re currently putting together the most inspiring and useful of events – our Wedding Open Evening. As a team we are always striving for perfection and understand that a wedding day not only needs to be the most seamless of celebrations but should also deliver everything you’ve always dreamt of. As opposed to a wedding fayre, the evening event will provide the opportunity to have a one-on-one with our wedding co-ordinators, focusing on how we can personalise every finer point.  We enjoy it as much as you do, especially when it comes to tasting menus and colour schemes – but we will ensure our eye is kept on the prize, delivering your wedding day exactly how you envisioned.

We have, quite rightly, decided that beginning your evening with a bubbling glass of Prosecco is definitely the way to go forward when considering all things celebratory and it will also come in handy when washing down the delicious canapés our Executive Head Chef Paul Hart is busy planning the menu for (which hopefully we’ll get to test in advance, hint, hint). Once suitably refreshed we’ll guide you around three of our suites and rooms, which will all be dressed to perfection from chair covers to centre pieces, by the team at Zenith Events. Creating the most stunning of decorations, their representative will be able assist us in painting you a picture of how perfect your day could be, down to every décor detail.

Award-winning photographer Philip Hawkins will be available to talk through capturing every moment of your big day in the way you’d always imagined – check out his website to see what he has created for other couples. Topped off by the dressed-to-impress Master of Ceremonies, Richard Grey, who will be fully attired and ready to receive your questions on the all-important vows and perhaps offer tips to reduce those nerves.

As a team we’re split between classic and contemporary – traditional tulle vs designer dress, tiered iced fruit cake or dotted dainty cupcakes, time-honoured vows or tear-inducing love letters and the all-important sticking point is what one wears under the kilt; personal preference we say! Whatever your tastes and needs, come by and visit on the 16th of July 2014 between 6pm to 8pm where we’ll be waiting to start creating your personal dream day.

RSVP Nicole Hunter: Tel: +44(0)131 622 2818 Email: nhunter@thescotsmanhotel.co.uk



Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The perfect packages for the 12th Edinburgh Marathon


 We have the uttermost respect here for anyone taking part in any marathon – we think the commitment, the training and the determination it takes to compete, let alone complete, is outstanding. With the 12th Edinburgh Marathon later this month, we wanted to take part in our own way by offering the perfect pampering packages to sweep runners off their feet and help them rest and recuperate after such a hard slog. 

Knowing the uphill struggles we all face, those not running the marathon shouldn't feel they can’t join in – these packages can be the ease and escape from the everyday everyone needs…us included! So whether it’s battling the school run or the rush-hour wrestle, sit back, relax and let us do the hard work. 

Having tried and tested our range of relaxing remedies available at The Scotsman Spa and Health Club; from Salt Scrubs and Pedicure Pampering to the Back Me Up body massage, we know how to hand-pick and hone in on the best treatments for a little ‘me’ time, ensuring only the best are available for our deluxe spa and stay packages.

Spending one or two nights in the lap of luxury with full access to our spa, complementary treatments and a delicious dinner at the award winning North Bridge Brasserie, we couldn't think of a better way to unwind. The grand finale of the full Scottish breakfast will not disappoint either! With prices starting at £300 per room per night for two here or for a little more luxury, see what our £540 per package for a two night stay has to offer here.  

If, like us, the idea of a relaxing massage sounds very appealing to you, our Aveda spa is offering an Elemental Nature Massage with a Protein Shake for £60 per person for the month of May only. Designed to relax and repair; the combination of ethically sourced essences, the magic of a massage tailored to your needs and the support of a protein shake will ensure any tension or tiredness is replaced with energy and invigoration…which is just what the doctor ordered!

Meanwhile, for the health conscious who have back-to-back meetings, we’re offering delicious fruit platters and energising smoothies throughout May included in our Day Delegate Rates. With prices starting at £45 per person, we've ensured you can still experience the feel-good factor inside and out.

As one of the leading road races in the world, and with over 30,000 people taking part, we anticipate the marathon events on the 24th and 25th are not to be missed- it will definitely be the highlight of our Spring Bank Holiday!



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Celebrating World Whisky Day at the Scotsman

World Whisky Day? We don’t think so! In true Scotsman style, we’re celebrating the whole month of May by dedicating a delicious three course menu to our favourite tipple.

Having spent many an evening, educating (ahem) and exciting our taste buds here at the Scotsman, we couldn’t allow the 17th of May to come and go so quickly when it comes to some of our country’s finest exports. With careful consideration, our Executive Head Chef, Paul Hart, has paired the most sought after malts with traditional Scottish dishes, ensuring connoisseurs, like ourselves (naturally) and newcomers alike can delight in the deliciousness of a dram or three at the North Bridge Brasserie.

The pièce de résistance? Jelly, that is, Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Jelly to be exact, which accompanies the Haggis starter…and it’s got our legs all in a wobble (please forgive us). While not forgetting the 'Auld Reekie' Whisky and Smoked Cheese Sauce, which pours over the 28 hung, Henderson’s Highland Beef, and if that hasn’t got you hungry, we don’t know what will!

We certainly don’t scrimp when it comes to our drink, so whether you’re as divided as our team between sweet or savoury, we’ve covered every base – from the intensely peppery palate of the Talisker 10 with the meaty main, to the raisin notes of the Aberlous A’Bunadh swirling with the rich butterscotch and toffee dessert, these dishes won’t disappoint.

Come and whet your whistle with us and celebrate the Scotsman way!

Check out the menu for the Whisky Pairing Dinner here.

£45.00 per person, 5:30pm-10pm.

Over 18’s only.

Don’t miss out! Call +44 (0)131 622 2900 or email Scotsman-northbridge@thescotsmanhotel.co.uk to book now.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Burn’s Night Supper at the Scotsman Hotel



The celebration of our national bard is fast-approaching and we’ve all been swapping stories about our various family traditions. Some of us go all out, with bagpipe music and songs, whereas others prefer a low key affair, but there was one thing we all agreed on – it’s the time for a big, traditional feast!

The Burn’s Night Supper is something every Scot looks forward to because it reminds us of home. It’s guaranteed that you’ll get some timeless dishes like haggis, neeps and tatties, and of course, a little bit of whisky. 

This year, we’ve decided to celebrate Burn’s Night at the Scotsman with a grand feast. Paul Hart, our Executive Head Chef, has been busy thinking up the perfect menu for the occasion. And, of course, Burn’s Night wouldn’t be the same without whisky, so we have put together some whisky pairings to go with each dish. The event is sure to be a very extravagant – and very Scottish – celebration, and we look forward to lauding our country and its art on the evening. 

The menu for the event is here. Join us in the Brasserie on the 24th, 25th or 26th January between 5.30pm and 9.30pm or dine privately in our banquet room throughout the month.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

St. Andrew’s Day is Nearly Here

If you know anything about Scotland, you’ll know that we don’t need much convincing when it comes to celebrations. St. Andrew’s Day is coming up and we’re all very excited. The atmosphere on St. Andrews is great, with everyone in high spirits – especially us here at the Scotsman!

If you’re not Scottish – St. Andrew’s Day happens every year on the 30th of November. It’s a bank holiday (so lots of people get the day off work!) and Scotland’s national day. So, as you can imagine, all things Scottish are celebrated including our traditional food, drink and music.

At the North Bridge Brasserie, our chef Paul Hart will be using plenty of proper Scottish ingredients to create lunches and dinners. Most of us here at the Scotsman are fairly local, so if you don’t have a clue about some of our more traditional foods, like haggis, neeps and tatties, then just ask one of us. But, we promise – they are delicious. There’s also our new Whisky Tasting Experience which is proving quite popular already. We tried it out and loved the dram from the Highlands, although all of them were very nice, and there’s something very special about knowing that all the whiskies come from Scotland.

Just up the road, the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be open to visitors. There will undoubtedly be more whisky and Scottish food here, if you aren’t already full. In the evening, there will be people performing and concerts. We’ll be listening out for the ceilidh bands, because wherever there is ceilidh, there is dancing!