To celebrate World Whisky Day we enjoyed “The Golfers Dream” made up of our own Links House Malt Balblair 2002,hand bottled by us at the distillery, with fresh lemon and sugar syrup for a hint of sweetness, its an ideal dram after a day on the links!
Our Tasting notes to accompany this Whisky are…
Balblair 2002 is sparkling gold in colour.
The American oak, ex-bourbon barrels used in maturation impart toffee and vanilla notes.
On the palate it is full bodied, yet sweet and spicy in character, with hints of oranges, lemons, green apples, toffee and vanilla.
A long, fresh finish.
Easter Sunday fun enjoyed by our lunch guests with a putting competition in the spring sunshine to round off a fabulous Easter feast. Our putting green is open to all guests who wish to test their skill before or after lunch / dinner and is great fun for a large group of guests!
We held our first Tasting Menu dinner of the season last night, JP and his team excelled with 7 amazing courses including this one of an Ice sculpture of Sashimi of swordfish loin, lime, avocado and wasabi puree. A true work of art. We had 13 very happy guests enjoying this feast and it was a great start of the dining season for us. We will be holding tasting menu dinners monthly so don’t miss out on this culinary feast.
We are delighted to be part of the NC500 feature in the The Herald article which profiles the highlights of the route and the best places to stay. As spring is upon us it’s a great time to experience the beautiful Highland vistas on our very own Route 66.
The spring weather has made a rather early appearance in Dornoch this year. With the spring Daffodils thinking about appearing in the Links House Garden we are enjoying an unseasonably bright and fresh start to the year. We are hopeful this beautiful weather will continue when we re-open at the beginning of April and you can enjoy long walks along the beach and coffee on the Links House terrace.
Links House sponsored Jimmy Gunn played magnificent golf last week in the Web.com Tour’s Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. Finishing in second place, this was a great start to the year for Jimmy which sees him attempt to build on his recent successes including qualification into the US Open in 2015. We are all so proud of Jimmy and wish him a great upcoming season and hopefully advancement to the PGA Tour!
Golf Digest and Golf World covered Jimmy’s performance in the Bahamas and it can be found here
Our old kitchen is no more! The extension of our kitchen is well under way now, the old one has been pulled out and the exterior wall comes down this week. Whilst the hotel is closed now until April 1st we are still her working behind the scenes and getting used to working in a building site and keeping warm. It will all be worth it when we unveil our new larger kitchen for the start of the 2017 season.
The Christmas season is well underway at Links House with our Festive Afternoon Teas a big hit this year. Festive delights include Smoked Turkey & Cranberry Croissants, Baked Pistachio & Cranberry Sausage Rolls, Marshamallow & Dark Chocolate Brownies, Gingerbread Stockings, accompanied by our Chef’s Mulled Wine, Champagne or Artisan Leaf Tea. Still time to join in the fun
Links House Head Chef JP Saint was named Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Rising Star for 2016. After an initial nomination back in the summer, JP was invited to Inverness to be interviewed by a panel of judges. The Judges were impressed with JP’s confidence at such a young age as well as his talent for creating dishes which not only please the tastebuds but also the eye! Following the panel interview JP was asked to make a short film answering who inspired him to seek a career in the kitchen as well as to describe his hopes and dreams for the future at Links House. Finally, on Friday 4th November JP and the Links House team traveled to Inverness for the HITA 2016 Awards dinner. In a room full of industry experts, JP’s film was shown to all and received rapturous applause. He was presented with the Rising Star award and an opportunity to attend Lausanne Hotel School for a short internship. You can watch JP’s nomination video on this link…..
JP Saint at Links House Dornoch
We were delighted to host the judging panel of renown top chefs for the annual Young Highland Chef of the Year competition held in Dornoch on October 10th, a joint initiative between the North Highland College Catering School and Chez Roux Ltd. The chefs were joined by Monsieur Albert Roux for breakfast at Links House on competition day before heading up to the college. We have been proud to support this local initiative for young budding Highland chefs from its beginning 6 years ago. Huge congratulations to the winner James Huyton and runners up Keir Murray and Abraham Michelides.