Turnberry Hotel and Resort have welcomed some new visitors over the summer proving that Turnberry really is the place to ‘bee’.
That’s because the Carrick resort is now home to over 90,000 bees.
And eventually there will be well over 150,000 bees on the resort in three specially designed hives that match the white and red paint of the five-star hotel.
The new residents of Turnberry are being well looked after by beekeeper Ed O’Brien with the three hives being named after each of the world-class courses at Turnberry namely Ailsa, Kintyre and Arran.
However, these bees are being used for another reason and it is certainly one that diners at the resort should enjoy.
Turnberry’s executive chef Justin Galea has celebrated the arrival of the bees by creating two stunning new dishes for the resort’s menus.
The first is called Milk and Honey which is a unique cheese course of Scottish Crowdie Cheese, fresh honey and black truffles which is served in the James Miller Room which was recently awarded a three-star sustainability rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, making it the most sustainable restaurant in the west of Scotland.
And the other dish ‘St Brides Duck Supreme’ is a duck based dish glazed in Turnberry estate honey served with chicory, turnips and pan juices and this is now served in the signature 1906 restaurant.
Over the summer, the honey from the hives has been used in preparation of dishes which are currently served at the resort as well as being available to guests at brekfast time.
Once the hives are fully established the busy bees will produce three distinct honeys flavoured by the flora found on the resort’s 800 acre grounds. Guests will be able to sample gorse, wild flower and heather honey, each with its own distinct flavour.
And it’s not just the food the bees have been helping prepare at the resort.
Turnberry’s tailor will be using the natural wax produced by the bees in the design of staff uniforms. The tailor will apply the wax to the seams of the uniforms to give the fabric more elasticity and will be rubbed into the cotton threads when sewing on buttons to increase durability and comfort.
Jordi Tarrida, General Manager at Turnberry, commented, “We are very excited about the arrival of the bees to the grounds at Turnberry. Chef Galea and his team have leapt at the opportunity to showcase the wonderful Turnberry honey and have been extremely busy creating exciting new recipes. As concerns grow about the UK bee population, we want to make sure we do our bit for this noble creature.”
If you wish to try the Turnberry estate honey for yourself, then you can reserve a table for dinner at either the 1906 restaurant or the James Miller room.
Or you can make a full weekend out of it, by booking a room for £300 per night which includes a full Scottish breakfast.