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Kildrummy, Alford, Aberdeenshire. AB33 8QS.
Tel: 019755 712 27
The mid 19th Century Kildrummy Inn is not just a place to stay. It is, in fact, something of a haven for those who travel from far and wide to savour the gastronomic experience that its chef-patron David Littlewood delivers to guests each night.
There is quite a history to this beautiful old inn. Originally built to house weary travellers, it has subsequently had several lives; it was one a farm house, then a post office and garage and now, of course, it is back to being an inn. Adjacent to the hotel is the Gordon Highlanders Volunteers Hall, built in 1866 some 14 years before the First Boer War. This historical room is now available for events and can accomodate up to 120 guests.
An ideal base from which to explore the Grampian Mountains and the fabulous surrounding Aberdeenshire landscape, the Kildrummy also enjoys the use of a four mile beat of the Upper Don — a haven for those who enjoy fishing for salmon and brown trout. The hotel has four rods and can arrange to hire out equipment and engage the services of a ghillie if required. Being in the heart of Aberdeenshire, you can visit the 14 unique hotels on the Castle Trail and don’t forget that there are many distilleries not too far away.
There are no ends of walks and your hosts Nigel Hake and brother-in-law David Littlewood are more than happy to advise you where to go; although finding David Littlewood front of house may be a challenge!
You see, David is a Masterchef of Great Britain and in 2013 was the overall winner of Scottish Chef of the Year. He spends his day — along with Alex, his equally brilliant Sous Chef — preparing dinners of the highest quality. David’s menu is a testament not only to his skills, but also the wonderful local produce available on his doorstep. The award winning food is superb and incredibly good value, while the wine list is well balanced. Nigel will, of course, be more than happy to help you with your selection.
After dinner, relax in the quaint and unspoilt bar in front of the roaring fire before retiring to one of the delightful boutique-style bedrooms. So on your next trip to, or through, Aberdeenshire be sure to stop off at the Kildrummy Inn and experience just how incredible Scottish cuisine can be.