The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

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Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

Gold Award

There’s something irresistible about hidden gems. Standing outside The Glenturret Restaurant you’d be forgiven for thinking you were about to be fed hearty Scottish fare. You are, after all, just below the Highland fault line and facing a stocky whitewashed building with traditional black framed windows at a historic distillery.

Following an injection of cash from the Lalique group and the acquisition of one of Scotland’s best young chefs, this quaint destination has been unapologetically hurled into the 21st century. Boundless ambition saw chef Mark Donald win a Michelin star in just seven months, and it feels like he’s just getting started.

Inside, you’ll find Franco-Scottish styling, with flashes of tartan upholstery cross-referenced with sculptural glass chandeliers, while exemplary service is provided by a truly international team. The front of house members deliver utmost professionalism underpinned with warmth and just the right amount of humour.

There’s a thread of that humour running through the menu too, with food that’s almost effervescent in its palpable joyfulness. Little Willy Wonka-esque mouthfuls of liver parfait coated in a sour raspberry gel are an explosive start to a meal that shows off unbridled ingenuity. Tattie scones like you’ve never seen them before come steamed like little bao, topped with wagyu and caviar, but somehow manage not to lose the essence of their namesake. Later on there’s a ‘bisque-it’ made of dehydrated lobster bisque mind-blowingly shaped into the crustacean in miniature, a shellfish toddy warm with Glenturret whisky, plus a perfectly barbecued, glossy lobster tail with dressings that mix that wonderful balance of sweet, sharp and savoury. There’s not really much to fault, with precision engineered pastry and interesting drinks pairings (from pear-scented fizzy sakes through to a sweet cider) rounding out the experience nicely.

You can tell Donald hasn’t lost his excitement at being able to manipulate regular ingredients into something extraordinary and his enthusiasm delivered through his food is infectious. This ode to Scotland’s larder is sure to delight any gastronomy geek.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
Scottish
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100, Two Michelin stars
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant has cemented its reputation as one of Scotland's best restaurants thanks to head chef Mark Donald's exceptional tasting menus. It is also, notably, the first distillery to be awarded a Michelin star. Scottish-born Donald was awarded the star just seven months after opening. The chef’s previous experience includes time spent at Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh.

This latest venture has been conceptualised in partnership with Lalique – the heritage French crystal house – so the dining room is suitably sparkly. Expect stunning custom-made sculptural chandeliers overhead, shining their light on crisp white tablecloths below. Views of the landscape surrounding the distillery are afforded thanks to the glass sided dining room, while the intimate 26-cover nature of the space makes things feel special.

The restaurant offers both a bar lunch menu between Wednesday and Saturday, as well as an evening tasting menu daily. Here Mark looks to hero and elevate Scottish ingredient using playful international twists. While things change regularly, you might find starters like raw clams with gooseberry and dulse kicking things off, or a ‘tattie’ scone with winter truffle and caviar. As you can see, no ingredient is too luxurious here, and the price tag reflects that. Meatier, main style dishes include creations such as scallop kedgeree or venison with hay smoked celeriac and sour quince. Both pescatarians and vegetarians are able to order from dedicated billings to suit dietary requirements.

Given its location in a distillery you can expect a stellar drinks pairing too. Things might begin with a light sake with notes of plum, while through the central part of the meal you’ll be treated to carefully chosen wines. Desserts come with a pudding wine – naturally – and things finish with one of the distillery’s signature peaty whisky cocktails.


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Can you have lunch at the restaurant?

The restaurant serves a bar lunch menu from Wednesday to Saturday, as well as dinner.

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While there's no official dress code, we'd suggest wearing smart casual attire to suit the setting.

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Booking is essential for dinner, as the restaurant gets booked up far in advance.

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The restaurant offers separate vegetarian and pescatarian tasting menus.

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Location

Glenturret Distillery, Crieff, Perthshire, Tayside, PH7 4HA

01764 656 565 01764 656 565

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-20:00
Thu 18:00-20:00
Fri 18:00-20:00
Sat 18:00-20:00
Sun Closed

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