Lovers of food and drink are being invited to join a new Gourmet Club being launched this week at the five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews.

The inaugural event – a five course dinner with matched wines – is being staged on Thursday.

It will be followed by a Laurent Perrier Champagne Dinner on the summer solstice, Saturday 21st June, as well as a fund-raising event to be held at Hamilton Grand in September.

Gordon Shaw, manager of the resort’s Road Hole Bar and award-winning Road Hole Restaurant, has been planning the club since his arrival at the iconic hotel last year.

He said that in recent years the resort has won a growing reputation for delivering fabulous food and drink experiences.

“Working with our executive chef, Martin Hollis, we are keen to bring this to the fore and provide a club that will showcase what Martin and his team deliver for the benefit of those who love the very best food and drink.”

The first dinner will offer a five course menu matched with wines from Germany’s Kesseler estate – including their Riesling 2012, Lorcher Schlossberg 2010, Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck 2010 and Pinot Noir 2010 and a Cuvee Max 2010. 

“We work hand-in-hand with vineyard owners to choose our wines – and this dinner will be a great example for us to demonstrate that close working relationship,” said Gordon.

The estate was founded in 1924 by Joseph Kesseler, and his grandson, August, continues the work today. He has worked in the wine industry in France, Italy and the United States and oversees 50 acres of vineyards, with some vines over 70 years in age. 

August expressed delight that the wines will be included in the inaugural event.

“The Old Course Hotel is such a fantastic draw – and I know many golfers in my country love to visit St Andrews and play in the Home of Golf. It is an honour to be involved in this way.”

Executive chef Martin has significantly broadened the hotel’s dining appeal since his arrival in 2012, not only through taking the chefs out to events in the region.

He was been involved in cookery demonstrations at the local Farmers Market and festivals, and has worked more closely with schools and colleges to explain the benefits of a career in hospitality.

Martin has also developed the popular 3 course £18.50 lunch in the 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant,  and the launch of Hams Hame, the resort’s latest pub and grill dining offer that opened last summer beneath the dome of Hamilton Grand. 

“We have a strong and loyal customer base of foodies at a local and regional level. Our Club will be available to all guests staying at the resort, but we want to provide a series of events for those who live and work close by – to demonstrate our passion for food, to showcase the very finest of Scottish ingredients – and to involve our customers in a way never before delivered at the resort.”

David Scott, director of operations at the resort, said that he is “absolutely delighted” with the move.

“Gordon’s plan to develop a club is built on the success of recent tasting events that we have staged – for afternoon teas, gin & cocktail masterclasses, as well as wine, whisky and cognac tastings.”

“These have proved there’s a growing appetite for food and drink events at the resort – not only for our guests but also for those who are either within an easy drive of St Andrews or for whom an overnight stay is a little added luxury that they very much deserve!” said David.

Places at the May 15th dinner are limited. Priced at £65 per person for the dinner, wines and tea or coffee, they can be booked in person at the hotel, by calling the reservations team on 01334 474371 or emailing reservations@oldcoursehotel.co.uk 

The photograph shows Martin at work

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