Dining in the dark at The Duke’s Umbrella for Guide Dogs Scotland 

Glasgow gastro-pub The Duke’s Umbrella has raised £2,237 for Guide Dogs Scotland via ‘Dine in the Dark’ experiences.

Earlier this year, the venue hosted its first ‘Dine in the Dark’, immersing diners in different tastes, sounds and smells whilst completely blindfolded, raising money and awareness for the charity. Following a second successful event, The Duke’s Umbrella is now planning to make blindfolded dining regular feature.

Head of sales, Courtney Flynn, said: “Our first Dine in the Dark event sold out after 72 hours and it was great to see even more dog loving diners join us for our second event last week. Diners get completely blindfolded upon entry and guided to their tables where they receive a welcome cocktail before tucking into a sensory four-course mystery meal.

“We’re a super dog friendly venue and team of dog lovers so we’re incredibly proud to support Guide Dogs Scotland and look forward to Dine in the Dark becoming a regular event at The Duke’s Umbrella throughout 2024.”

Fundraising relationship manager and volunteer, Sandi Johnson, said: “I am registered as legally blind, but I do have a small amount of useful vision which I use to raise awareness and funds for this amazing charity. I am lucky enough to have been matched with my guide dog and fur baby, Kane, a little over six years ago now and he has completely transformed my life.

“I can’t thank Duke’s Umbrella enough for the work they’ve done in raising much-needed money and awareness for us, and we’re delighted to hear they’re hosting more events so that more people like me can benefit from the life-changing power of guide dogs.”

The Duke’s Umbrella has a busy events calendar, regularly hosting charity events and a ‘Tour of Scotland’ dinner which features four-courses of Scottish cuisine paired with whiskies from Highland Park, Auchentoshan, The Macallan and Laphroaig.