The Cognoscenti Classic Drive and Private Lunch at Drummond Castle was a great success and a unique experience. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to another fantastic day.
Guests and cars congregated in the morning for coffee and chocolate at The Highland Chocolatier at Legends of Grandtully near Aberfeldy. Iain Burnett ‘The Highland Chocolatier’ mingled with guests as they enjoyed the hospitality. Meanwhile two television crews set up outside to record the days proceedings for Cognoscenti TV and BBC2’s Landward series (to be screened 7.00pm Friday 10th May on BBC2 (Scotland). Presenter Dougie Vipond found time to indulge in a coffee and a few chocolates too.
The cars then departed on a scenic drive to Drummond Castle through the beautiful Perthshire countryside. On arrival at Drummond, guests were welcomed with drinks in the dining room just before a rain shower. Drummond Castle and Gardens is privately owned and although the gardens are open to the public for a limited period during the year the castle is not, so we all enjoyed a privileged and unique experience.
Lunch was served in the historic 15th century Keep by award winning caterers Wilde Thyme of Comrie. Guests enjoyed a starter of spring pea and mint soup with Shetland cod and pancetta followed by pot roasted Quail for main course and a dessert of warm valrhona and caramel ganache with orange flower jelly and Glenfarclas ice-cream.
Built in 1491 Drummond Castle has seen many historic events, in 1502 three daughters of Sir John Drummond were poisoned in the Keep reputedly on the orders of Henry VII to stop James IV marrying Margaret the eldest Drummond daughter and to clear the way for him to marry Henry’s daughter Margaret instead. I’m glad to say that no-one was poisoned at our lunch!
Mechanical casualties were again mercifully few, Syd Fraser’s Ferrari 250 GT Ellena developed a slight wheel rumble the day before so just in case, Syd reverted to his McLaren MP4 12C which caused a stir amongst the classics. Bruce Gellatly’s Jensen decided to experience a flat battery on the morning of the event but luckily the recovery man had the right size battery in his van so Bruce and Alice were then able to join us at Drummond for lunch after all.
After lunch guests were encouraged to walk in the ornate formal gardens and make the most of this unique venue.