Javier Santos has joined Links House as new Head Chef. Javi has been a prodigy of the Roux stable for several years, serving most recently as Head Chef at award-winning Rockpool Reserve in Inverness since 2013. He has also worked within the Roux organization at Michelin stared, Le Gavroche and The Waterside Inn. Javi looks to expand the exceptional reputation of Links House for the finest Highland cuisine utilizing a vast network of local specialty suppliers.
Fiona Herd has also joined Links House as Food & Beverage Manager. Fiona has an extensive experience in the hospitality and events industry. Fiona, who has managed her own hospitality recruitment business, previously served as Events and Business Development Executive at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Most recently she was Hospitality Lecturer with the North Highland College UHI based at Burghfield House, Dornoch.
Both Javi and Fiona are looking forward to welcoming you to Links House in 2018
Here in the far north of Scotland, the beautiful Northern Lights can regularly be seen from the coastline. Due to the very low levels of light pollution, the Northern Lights are regularly on display to the naked eye here in Dornoch and along the north coast up into Sutherland. This image was captured by Alastair Dickson earlier this month. Clear sky and cold crisp nights bring the best chance of a sighting!
This week we travelled to Edinburgh to attend The Scottish Thistle Awards at the EICC in Edinburgh. We were delighted to be finalists in ‘The Best Restaurant Experience’ category following our win at the HITA awards in Inverness. This was our first National Final, it wasn’t our night this year but we thoroughly enjoyed attending and met friends old and new at the event.
Still Game and River City star Sanjeev Kohli co-hosted the evening with STV presenter and former Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch. Entertainment was provided by ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin, winner of America’s Got Talent 2015, and Hannah Rarity, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Thistle Awards are the most coveted accolades in the tourism industry, celebrating quality, innovation and excellence across the industry.
“For 25 years the awards have recognised the significant value the sector contributes to the visitor economy and VisitScotland’s continued delivery underlines the organisations commitment to quality and success across the industry.”
We are incredibly proud of the Team at Links House and attending these awards as a finalist is just reward for their continued commitment and hard work throughout the season.
Here at Links House we have been caught in the midst of the aptly named ‘Beast from the East’ storm. With over 3ft of snow piling up around the hotel it has been quite a week for our staff and the workmen who are extending our restaurant! We have seen so much snow falling here in the Highlands, it has been relentless! Hopefully it will now thaw and the Links House grounds will once again be visible.