While there was a lot of buzz about David Beckham and Guy Ritchie buying Notting Hill’s Walmer Castle pub in 2018, it was quietly taken over by entrepreneur and hotelier Piers Adam in February 2022. Adams already co-owns The Punch Bowl with Ritchie and is probably best known for his clubs like Mahiki.
The pub will reopen in collaboration with Scotland’s oldest whisky hotel, The Craigellachie, to feature gourmet Scottish fare in the ground-floor dining room, 400 different whiskies in the Spey Bar on the first floor, and a private mezzanine for hire.
The Craigellachie’s Executive Chef, William Halsall, has the following menu items to tempt you:
- Grants of Speyside Haggis Bon Bons
- Kellas Estate venison carpaccio
- Speyside 100% Scotch Assured steaks
- Highland wagyu beef sliders.
Of course, desserts will feature Scottish cheeses as well as the traditional Cranachan pudding, ideally enjoyed by the crackling open fire in an Orkney chair (crafted by a Speyside carpenter, no less).
If you head upstairs for a wee dram, you’ll be in the good hands of Speyside native and whisky expert Sarah Burgess (formerly a blender at Macallan), who can guide you through the selection, shake up a cocktail or even tempt you towards ownership of your own personal cask to be stored in the cellar and enjoyed on future visits. Which sounds to us like a very indulgent reason to get out a bit more.
More about The Walmer Castle
Where is it? 58 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AJ
When? April 2022
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