Come all ye faithful!
9 November 2006
In their time, the Stewart kings enjoyed many a feast at Stirling Castle banqueting in the Great Hall where food was sumptuous and wine flowed like water.
The majestic grandeur of those days may be long gone, but this Christmas, the Castle is inviting guests to come and experience equally delicious fayre as chefs serve up Christmas lunch for the first time ever in the intimate surroundings of the Unicorn Café within the fortress. Lucky guests can look forward to a mouth watering menu offering everything from Steamed Christmas Pudding with Drambuie butter to the very traditional Roastit Bubbly Jock!
On Tuesday 14 November 2006, Santa will be heading along to Stirling Castle to entice local people and indeed visitors to book now for one of the most unique Christmas lunches they will ever encounter. He will pop down the chimney into one of the five (!) fireplaces in the Great Hall to serve up some delicious little turkey and Christmas pudding nibbles, so visitors can get a real taster of what’s to come in December!
Elizabeth Strain, Historic Scotland Catering Contracts Manager said: "We are delighted to be serving up Christmas lunch at Stirling Castle for the very first time. Although only available for one special week this year, if it is a success, we will look to extending it over the whole month. The backdrop of this beautiful Castle makes any meal here unique, but at Christmas time, it is even more special.
We hope our visitors enjoy meeting Santa and trying out his turkey and Christmas pudding tasters, and that it inspires them to book their festive meal here. We also hope Santa doesn’t get stuck up one of the Great Hall’s five chimneys!"
Christmas Lunch at Stirling Castle is available for groups of 2 to 25 and will be served within the enchanting encasements in the Unicorn Café.
Entry to the Castle is included within the cost of the three course lunch which is £18.00 per person. The lunches are available from 16 to 22 December 2006 (inclusive). Booking is essential on 0131 220 4833
Notes for editors
- Stirling Castle is at the head of Stirling’s historic old town. Telephone 01786 450000.
- Tickets are £8.50 for adults, £6.50 concessions and £3.50 for children. If you book Christmas lunch in the Unicorn Café, you gain free entry to the Castle. Stirling Castle Christmas lunches are available from 16 to 22 December (inclusive).
- Digby Trout Restaurants have branches in many prestigious heritage and leisure attractions throughout the country and are committed to providing food of a consistently high standard. For more information, please visit www.digbytrout.co.uk
- Stirling Castle, with its splendid decorative stonework and mass of still complete buildings, is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Europe. It is also the royal residence that best represents the Stewart dynasty in Scotland.
- The Castle sits above two of the most famous battlefields in Scottish history: Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
- Tradition suggests that there was a settlement on the Castle site in the 7th and 8th centuries. Kenneth MacAlpin, shortly before becoming King of Alba, is said to have besieged the rock in 842. It was MacAlpin who placed the Stone of Destiny at Scone.
- Legends associate Stirling with the story of King Arthur, and some have suggested that it could have been Camelot itself.
- The first reference to the Castle alludes to King Alexander I’s endowment of a chapel within the castle between 1107 and 1115.
- Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae.