Hickory News

Here’s the latest from Hickory

Hello, and welcome to Hi! Hickory’s bi-monthly news roundup

It’s been a busy couple of months here at Hickory HQ. We’ve won some great new contracts, kicked everything off at the Assembly Rooms and been shortlisted for a total of nine awards. To say that we’re happy about all this would be an understatement.

Hickory Christmas Party Venues

Are you looking for the perfect venue for your Christmas party this year? We’ll bring the amazing food and the incredible drinks, you just need to bring the guests. We’ve got 4 amazing venues that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Merchants Hall

Borthwick Castle

Assembly Rooms

Eskmills Venue

To book one of these venues for your party, contact Emma Hudson: 0131 273 5212/ emma@hickoryfood.co.uk

More on our Venues > https://hickoryfood.co.uk/hickory-christmas-party/

Awards, Awards, Awards

They say that an award does not change the quality of the book (or the food in our case), but we’re completely humbled to have been shortlisted for so many respected awards this year. Take a look:

  • The Foodservice Catey Awards – Best Event Caterer (Hickory)
  • The Drum Scottish Event Awards – Event Caterer of the Year (Hickory)
  • The Drum Scottish Event Awards – The Green Award (Hickory)
  • The Food Awards Scotland – Caterer of the Year (Hickory)
  • VOWS Awards – Best Wedding Caterer (Hickory)
  • The Drum Scottish Event Awards – Best Small Venue of the Year (Eskmills Venue & Dunglass Estate)
  • VOWS Awards – Best Wedding Venue under £6k (Eskmills Venue)
  • VOWS Awards – Best Wedding Venue over £6k (Dunglass Estate)

Our fingers are crossed for the award season later in the year.

Assembly Rooms

It’s official, we’re now on the panel of approved caterers for the Assembly Rooms from 1st July. We can’t wait to work in such a stunning, chic and versatile venue and we’ve already got our first events booked in for Dec 2016.

Book Assembly Rooms > hickoryfood.co.uk/venue/assembly-rooms-edinburgh/

Adam Murphy on Hickory Bars (LinkedIn)

Our Bar Development Manager, Adam Murphy, has been busy blogging on LinkedIn. He’s been telling us all about Hickory Bars – his future aspirations for the brand and why we’ve set up a great new bar proposition.

Read Adams blog >

Paul Lawrie Match Play

The Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament teed off at Archerfield Links Golf Club in East Lothian from 4-7th August, as part of the 2016 European Tour Schedule. And we were thrilled that Hickory Bars was part of the tournament, serving up our very own brand of summer thirst-quenchers.

VIPs within the sponsors lounge were also treated to a delicious Hickory breakfast and two course lunch each day. It was great to be a part of such a fantastic tournament.

More on the event >

Royal Highland Show 2016 Recap

Watch Jack Cook-Broussine, on Royal Highland Show TV telling Cat Cubie and Jennifer Reoch all about our Botanical Garden artisan gin bar. We had a great time at the show and can’t wait to do it again!

Feeling like Royalty at the Borthwick Castle Showcase

The friendly Borthwick Castle and Hickory staff warmly welcomed guests to a Borthwick Castle Showcase Event back in June. Arriving through the hidden entrance into the beautiful Grand Hall, guests were swiftly handed a glass of champagne (or mocktails for the drivers) and a selection of canapés as they took in the lavish and opulent surroundings. “Ooh’s” and “Ahh’s” were common phrases heard amongst the group.

More on this event >

Edinburgh International Book Festival

August is upon us, which can mean only one thing…the start of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This year is the first that we have joined the list of approved caterers and we’re overjoyed to be catering for a number of high profile gatherings during the event.

Recipe of the Month – The Farmer’s Breakfast Martini

The Farmer’s Breakfast Martini was our most popular cocktail during the Royal Highland Show and it’s not too difficult to make at home either!


  • 35 ml Arbikie gin
  • 25ml of Orange liqueur (Triple Sec)
  • 10 ml sugar syrup
  • Half a lemon squeezed
  • Teaspoon of marmalade


  • Add all ingredients in to a cocktail shaker
  • Add 10 ice cubes and shake for 8-12 seconds
  • Strain and pour into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish with Rosemary
  • Enjoy!

Our Commitment to Quality

We’ve been working hard on creating our Customer Care Charter, which outlines our commitment to excellent customer service. We’re passionate about delivering unique and memorable events and want to ensure that each of our customers receive the best quality of care. We’ve also invested in ‘Get Feedback’ software to help us to understand our client’s wants and needs a little more, so we can exceed their expectations.

A Warm Welcome to Corrinne Gardiner

We’re pleased to welcome Corrinne to #teamHickory as our Senior Event Planner. Corrinne has a wealth of experience in the event and catering industry and is sure to be a fantastic edition to the team.