13th Sep 2016
Take advantage of this value for money offer allowing you to bring a friend for FREE to enjoy a gastronomic tour of Scottish history and literature, guided by recipes from Sir Walter Scott’s library.
Sir Walter Scott, one of the most prolific beloved bards of all time, an author of many notable novels and narrative poems, was also a social historian who had a keen interest in Scotland’s food and gastronomic traditions. Early in the 19th century, there was a notable renaissance in Scotland of old Scots’ dishes and dining customs that were looked upon with new respect, and “Our Literary Juggernaut” did a great deal to foster and promote the revival of Scottish self-awareness and make people proud once again to be Scots.
Come along and enjoy a side of Scott that you, perhaps, never knew existed and learn about his influence on food fashion of the times. This tour is part of the Borders Heritage Festival, so take this special opportunity to listen to stories of bizarre, delicious as well as forgotten dishes from Scottish history and fiction. Discover how to cook Sir Walter’s Meg Merrile’s gypsy stew and James Hogg’s Rumbledethumps and many others!!
Sandy Neil, author and journalist from Selkirk, will entertain and showcase delicious recipes inspired by Scott in Scott’s own dining room overlooking the glorious River Tweed. Prior to this our Gardens and Estate Manager, Pippa Coles, will guide a tour of Abbotsford Kitchen Garden which is full of heritage variables of fruit and vegetables that would have been used by Scott in his kitchens to cook for his illustrious friends.
“The evening promises to be hugely enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming the public and engaging in such an interesting topic whilst at the same time getting to see what life was like for the ‘Scottish Darling’ and his guests in Abbotsford’s house and gardens. Sandy Neil’s in depth knowledge and lively delivery is very entertaining and this is a superb opportunity to learn more about our literary hero his food and his influence on Scottish culinary trends”
In addition to this flavour of Abbotsford, we will be offering Heritage Snack boxes for £5 to assuage the hunger engendered by all this gastronomic talk. These will include homemade pork pies and scotch eggs, hearty soup and a sweet treat such as gingerbread and they can either be enjoyed whilst wandering around the gardens.
To book this event and to take advantage of our fantastic 2 for 1 offer call 01896 752043 or visit our What's On section