Yielding fruit in Perthshire

A NEW restaurant offering contemporary Scottish food with a focus on seasonal, local produce is set to launch in The Old Manse of Blair hotel in Perthshire later this week

Spearheaded by owners Anne and Archie MacDonald and headed up by Jonathan Greer, formerly of The Gleneagles Hotel and Ballathie House, The Orangery is described as “a family dining destination with a more sustainable, affordable offering”.

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The menu will feature venison from local estates, Perthshire lamb and Arbroath Smokies, as well as fresh produce grown in the original greenhouse and walled garden within The Old Manse of Blair’s private estate.

The new restaurant will also offer customers the chance to step into the kitchen with its chef’s table experience; available for up to six guests for lunch or dinner, it allows diners “to get up close to the cooking in the kitchen” with a seven-course tasting menu paired with matched wines.

Consultant chef Jonathan Greer said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to put The Orangery on the culinary map in Scotland. The addition of a chef’s table is something I’m particularly excited to be hosting and will give customers a behind the scenes experience.”

Co-owner Anne Macdonald said the “experience and calibre” Greer brings to the new restaurant is “unrivalled in this area of Perthshire”

The Orangery will open this Sunday (March 31) and operate for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner from Thursday to Sunday. During high season (May 1 to September 30), the restaurant will be open daily.