Go Fraser Cooper!

Posted by Bertie Badger on Nov 4, 2016 9:40:31 AM

We are so pleased to announce that Fraser Cooper, Commis Chef at The Isle of Eriska 1star Michelin restaurant, has been selected as finalist for the British Culinary Federation's Young Chef of the Year 2016. 

15 finalists are involved - seeking to win THE prize. The last competition takes place on Monday 7th November in Birmingham, and each candidate will compete on the production of a 3 courses menu for the judges. They will be marked on:

  • Presentation
  • Working methods
  • Professional techniques
  • Culinary skills
  • Hygiene
  • Food quality

All the Eriska staff members send him the best positive thoughts and support for the final round of the competition, and we will keep you informed of the results... But for now, go Fraser Cooper!

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More information about the contest clicking on the following link :


Topics: Food, contest

Wine Weekend - 12th & 13th of November - "Islands Celebration"

Posted by Bertie Badger on Sep 25, 2016 8:37:46 PM

If you are a budding gourmand and if you like discover new wines, you absolutely must visit Eriska during our Wine Weekend, on Saturday the 12th of November and on Sunday the 13th of November, 2016.

As last year, Philippe Larue, Managing Director at L'Art du Vin in Edinburgh, will be our honored guest for the event. On Saturday the 12th of November, you will discover our Special Tasting Menu created for the event by our Head Chef Paul Leonard, in collaboration with Philippe Larue considering the seasons and wines suggested. 

The eving will start as wel welcome you to The Michelin Restaurant to share a glass of wine and hear about the event. Then we  will start with the food & wines match's presentation by Philippe. He has cvollaborated with paul who is at teh stoves in teh kitchen so do not hesitate from ask him your most serious questions and try and gain explanations to his combination suggestions. He is always delighted to tell you the story of each wine tasted during the dinner and give you background and history! 

This year, the Wine Weekend will focus on "Islands Celebration" in order to showcase Paul Leonard's Cuisine. As we know, the origin and the seasonality of the produce and raw ingrediaents are very important for our Chef, as all the products used in Eriska kitchen are from as close to Eriska as possible.

Hence, why not match Scottish Islands products with Islands wines ?

Close your eyes, and think about how many Islands is there on Earth ? A lot ? Yes ! Corsica, Sardaigna, Sicily, Madeira, Mallorca, Japan, New Zeland, Long Island... : Now think how many Islands in the world where they produce wine, and good wine ! Depending of the climate, terroir, production methods, each Island will provide a special flavour, that will make it a unique event- especiallyw hen we then resturct him to our Eurpopena friends!

For the event, Philippe Larue will provide his own "Islands's Wines Autumnal Selection" respecting the Autumnal products's flavours that we find on Scotlands Islands during this period. Game, scallops, mushrooms,cheese will all be featuring during the dinner thanks to the eclectic wines selected by Philippe Larue. 

I cannot say more, let the Magic happens and discover the perfect Food & Wine match ! 


Booking conditions :

Rooms from £370.00* per night plus a supplement of £40.00 per person for the Special Tasting Menu on Saturday the 12th of November evening. 

Michelin Restaurant opened for non-resident (pre-booking required) with the Special Tasting Menu at £90.00 per person (5 courses menu and wines included)

Please advise of any dietary requirements you have so a suitable menu can be prepared for your stay.

The attire in the restaurant is Casual Smart.

*Standard room

We hope to welcome you to the Isle of Eriska for this such special events and please do not hesitate to contact the reception team if you request more information or if you wish make a reservation. 


PS : last little hint, but not the least... For you, United Kingdom is an Island, is not it ? Think about that and give me your answer on Saturday the 12th of November evening. I know this question will create the debate ! 

Topics: Food, Wine, Wine Weekend

LIVE streaming from Eriska's Head Chef, Paul Leonard

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Aug 22, 2016 4:53:54 PM

Earlier today, we successfully completed our very first LIVE video streaming from Eriska's Head Chef, Paul Leonard!

Today, Paul talked viewers through a delicious foraged mushroom risotto with garden herbs and it went down a treat. View our live videos for yourself by clicking the links below.

View Part 1 View Part 2


In the meantime, we'd love to hear what you'd like to see streamed LIVE from Eriska as we put our planning hat on and work on what we will bring you LIVE over the next few months. Comment below or email with your suggestions. 

Look out for MORE LIVE video streaming from Eriska coming soon! Stay tuned for updates. 


Topics: Food

Birthday Celebrations at Eriska

Posted by Beppo Buchanan-Smith on Dec 13, 2015 7:56:24 PM

The end of last month marked a real miletsone for my Mother and therefore we wanted to mark this with a special celebration. Whilst many of her friends had suggested an event away from Eriska she highlighted that she really wanted to be at home for this significant birthday. All this was relayed to me by her friends so we set about preparing a secret event and continued to allow her to believe we had either forgotten or considered the event irrelevant.

Suffice to say we invited freinds and family to join us and neglected to metion this to my mother so that when the day arrived she was a little distraught by our lack of entuisiasm to mark the occassion but I think the surprise was worth the aggravation from her and I have asked one of our esteemed guests to write about it with his account below!



Mr B’s Surprise Birthday Party

 I remember when I was student going out to a Thai restaurant for a friend’s birthday. This was novel and Thai cuisine was exotic back then. Now it would be hard to find a student who had not tried Thai food. In fact many of my students could talk in some detail about Thai cooking, and would be able to describe the three best Thai meals that they had eaten during their gap!

 Some of the birthday celebrations that I have attended rapidly fade in my memory. I’ve been thinking about birthday meals and about how our tastes have changed. There was a time when the passing of another year was celebrated with delights such as prawn cocktail, steak Diane and baked Alaska. At some later time they were replaced by pasta dishes, polenta and tiramisu. More recently birthday parties have involved tapas, sushi and molecular gastronomy.

 The few birthday parties that have taken place at Eriska have tended to stay uppermost in my mind. The surprise party for Mrs B will be no exception. Beppo and Seona were as cunning as a skulk of foxes, and executed a supreme master plan. Picture the scene. Under the cloak of stealth, a mixture of family members and old friends hid in the hotel. Unaware Mrs B arrived at the front door, only to be met by her son Chay who she thought she had spoken to in New Zealand just a couple of hours earlier. After the initial surprise she was led into the drawing room only to be met by the secretly assembled group. The food, wines and the cake were exceptional, and it was a truly joyous occasion.


 My most recent birthday was on 21.10.2015. Movie buffs will remember that this date is integral to the plot in the film Back to the Future II. I am now a bit hazy on the storyline, but it is clear that travel by hoverboard is still some way off. Engaging in a wee thought experiment I am trying to envisage what the cuisine of future birthdays will be? To be honest I can’t think of what food will be in vogue twenty years from now. What is also hard to imagine is that there is a better location than the Isle of Eriska for holding a family birthday celebration.


Vernon Gayle


Topics: Eriska, Food

Eriska Awarded 'Taste our Best' by Visit Scotland

Posted by Christina Jacobsen on Oct 16, 2013 11:34:00 AM

describe the imageEriska was yesterday Awarded its latest award by Visit Scotland of "Taste our Best". This is a new scheme both supported and backed by the Scottish Government which highlights properties which showcase more than 40% of their menu from the locality. Although apparently the locality to the customer ranges greatly but for ease in this excersise - and I am sure nothing to do with the push for independence- Local means Scottish!

However the scheme does not stop a simply awarding a plaque but also offers feedback to business about where they could make a difference Scotland of Food & Drink is a website that helps businesses identify other potential producers which may currently be anonymous and unknown. We were delighted to not only be one of the first to be recognised but more imporantly that this recognition aligns so clearly with our principles. Hopefully the scheme will take off and be a great success and that will require the customers to grasp and support it too.

Topics: isle of eriska, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Eriska, Food, Taste our Best