Pitmilly_3_v2_KSK C 2012Morton of Pitmilly countryside resort near St Andrews, has announced that it is to hold a special pop up dining event this Thursday, in association with Patrick Gilmour, an up and coming freelance chef who runs a supper club in St Andrews.

Morton of Pitmilly, which provides luxury four and five star self catering accommodation in both a courtyard and steadings setting, will use the event to strengthen its foodie credentials.

Owner Eilidh Smith is keen to explore making the five-star resort a regular venue for foodie events of all types including pop up markets and events showcasing artisan food providers and the work of local chefs.

ret_MG_7864 copyShe said: “We’ve had a very busy and successful year here at Morton of Pitmilly, having marked our 25th Anniversary in the summer, just before The Open teed off, with a special cake created for us by Fishers & Donaldsons, for all our team to enjoy. We said we would also mark the event in the winter months too, to bring this special year to a close.”

“We wanted to hold an event which would be a cause for celebration but would also look to the future, and our next twenty five years of operation. A pop up dining event is absolutely perfect for this as developing the business as a foodie venue is something we have been keen to do for a while,” added Eilidh.

As she explained Morton of Pitmilly has several spacious kitchen/dining spaces in its five star steadings block, which are ideal for both cookery demonstrations, and an informal restaurant set up.

“We wanted to utilise our wonderful five star kitchens which are very well equipped, “ said Eilidh. “Patrick has the skills and contacts to help us make that happen, and we are all very excited about this inaugural pop up dining event – we hope to make it the first of many.”

Guests will pay £30 per head for a three course menu devised by Patrick, which will also include canapes, coffee and petit fours. Guests can bring their own bottles.

“We are offering a special room rate of £50 for the night in case anyone wants to stay,” said Eilidh. “It’s a restaurant with rooms type of approach which seems to go down well in semi- rural locations such as ours –with our full remit of on site leisure and spa facilities, we are already a “destination”. We want to test out the market with this price point which we believe to be excellent value for money.”

!cid_EB7B56F4-F554-4C08-BAA6-52890A9700CCPatrick Gilmour, who trained in Edinburgh and at Leith’s in London and has worked as a freelance chef and caterer since 2000, said: “I am delighted to be working with Eilidh on this exciting new event, which is the ideal showcase for my work. With its stunning outlook and luxury accommodation, not to mention its fruit orchards and natural produce credentials, Morton of Pitmilly has all the ingredients necessary to become a firm fixture on the St Andrews foodie scene. I am hoping some of my supper club regulars will come along to lend this new event their support.”

Longer term, Morton of Pitmilly is looking to explore hosting pop up markets, craft nights and the development of an on-site retail shop and cafe.

To book the pop up dining events at Morton of Pitmilly at 7.30pm on Thursday 3rd December please call 01334 880466, or email stay@pitmilly.co.uk. Further details on Patrick Gilmour at www.patrickgilmour.co.uk.