All our guests have now arrived, which is a complete change to last year when, with all the snow and rain, people were still battling to get to us at midnight. This afternoon, Rohaise and Geraldine hosted a splendid afternoon tea with Emma our pastry chef excelling herself with cakes, scones, brownies and biscuits. The spicy Christmas tea always seems to be a winner to my amazement.
Tonight guests have a five course dinner of Torridon garden artichoke soup, Loch Ewe Scallops, Highland lamb, cheese to share and milk chocolate tart to finish. Robert has recommended wines to go with the menu that are his personal favourites. The evening will start with a few Christmas carols and a traditional mulled wine that never fails to get the hardened humbug in the mood.
I imagine Santa is already on his way but we will have to remind guests to behave, otherwise all they can expect to receive is a lump of coal. Colleen is in charge tonight and she will be leaving his usual whisky tipple and mince pie and a note of all the misbehaving children.
The forecast tomorrow is expected to be blustery so the organised ramble will no doubt need to be sheltered and probably not as long as usual. Christmas breakfast I love as there is kedgeree and eggs benedict served. Queens speech and then a customary glass of glass champagne to whet the appetite before the Christmas feast.
Bruno will be serving lobster ravioli, foie gras and ham hock pressing, traditional turkey or loin of cod, granny’s Christmas pudding or apple tart tatin. If that wasn’t enough coffee and mince pies and then a wee pause before the competitive parlour games begin. Will it be Cluedo or monopoly that cause the first argument? I will be suggesting dominos as the way forward. Later in the evening guests can help themselves to a light buffet and selection of cheeses, which never fail to go.
Boxing day will mean Torridon activities. If the weather holds we will be able to offer kayaking, clay shooting, archery and guided walks. In the afternoon there will be a treasure hunt which often reveals the teams true colours. In the evening Bruno and his team will be laying on a banquet of a buffet for all to enjoy, with the choice of either grazing or gorging.
All the team in Torridon are looking forward to it and we wish everyone a Merry Xmas.