The friendly Borthwick Castle and Hickory staff warmly welcomed guests to the Borthwick Castle Showcase Event on Thursday 9th June. Arriving through the hidden entrance into the beautiful Grand Hall, guests were swiftly handed a glass of champagne (or mocktails for the non-drinkers) as they took in the lavish and opulent surroundings. “Ooh’s” and “Ahh’s” were common phrases heard amongst the groups, with comments by many on how beautiful, warming and welcoming the Castle was. The fire was lit to show off this magnificent feature, but luckily we didn’t keep it for long considering the sweltering 19 degree weather outside.
The event was attended by 70 of the ‘who’s who’ of the corporate, private and incentive travel industries. People mingled and chatted to one another while enjoying canapés, such as a carpaccio of venison by the Campbell Brothers with pipette of Cumberland syrup. Crowds gathered around Hickory chef, Steven, at the chef station carving Belhaven smoked salmon, served with a Pickering’s gin atomiser. Feeling full from the canapes and bowl food, many retired to the State Room for cocktails and a whisky tasting session, pairing different kinds of whisky with chocolate and other delicacies.
Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity for an informal private viewing of the Castle and its beautiful rooms. Everyone was suitably ‘wowed’, even if a few of the taller people had to duck through the doors! And, with gorgeous views from every window, what’s not to love?
At the end of the night, goodie bags in toe – filled with Hickory fudge, chocolate and a beautiful Borthwick Castle paperweight – guests reluctantly started to drift home. Everyone felt like royalty after stepping back in time to an age where Mary Queen of Scots would have entertained in these very rooms.
A huge thank you to those who came to see the incredible Borthwick Castle. The event had a fantastic turnout and we’ve received some lovely feedback, on both the food and the luxurious renovation the Castle has undergone. It really is the perfect complement for the perfect venue for all types of events and celebrations.