Eating out: wedding food at the Royal Botanics

What a great weekend I’ve had, celebrating with friends: a Hen Do on Friday for Edie, and a wedding of friends on Saturday.

The wedding was at the Royal Botanics, Edinburgh. It was my first visit, though Hubby has been trying to persuade me to go for years. It is magnificent! And free!! I will definitely be back to have a proper look around and take in the glory of nature.

Anyway, the wedding ceremony was at the Caledonian Hall, which was a lovely venue. The service was beautiful (I cried) and the brides looked stunning! We had champagne after the ceremony in the garden – the weather held out, so we were very grateful indeed.

The meal was back in the Hall: excellent service indeed (staff wearing white gloves!), very good food and hilarious speeches.
– The starter was goat’s cheese (I’ve had alot of good cheese this weekend!), served on a focaccia and tomatoes, topped with rocket and drizzled with basil pesto.
– The main was pan-roasted chicken breast served with roast root vegetables, roast potatoes and a delicious chicken jus.
– The dessert was a strawberry creme brulee.
The food was really very good indeed. And not just in terms of food mass-produced for a party; it was really good. All delicious. I was very lucky and got two of the creme brulees, as I was sitting next to someone who can’t have dairy; great for me (though not for my waistline)! It was absolutely delicious, and it would have been wrong to let it go to waste!

Later in the evening we moved venues to the John Hope Gateway; a great new building, which I am sure must be wonderful as a visitor centre, as well as an event venue. In between dancing there was a supper: tea or coffee and bacon rolls. Followed by the cake: a tower of delicious cupcakes (lemon or chocolate) topped with a cake for the happy couple to cut.

As well as much lovely food, and celebrating, and speeches, and hugs, and catching up with friends, there was also a chance to sample some new beers! The Stewart Brewing company, based in Edinburgh, is new to me. I tried the dark ale – St Giles – and the pale ale – Hollyrood. Both good, and nice to have a local ale on offer.

Many thanks to Bex and Linda for letting us share their special day!

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