There are brunches and then there’s the recently launched monthly brunch at Gleneagles Hotel. The brunch takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 12.30pm until 3.30pm takes place in the Birnam Brasserie, the latest eatery to open at the luxurious Perthshire hotel following a recent multi million pound refurbishment.
If you’ve not been to Gleneagles for a while, now it the time to visit. The place looks better than ever before and all the old favourites (including the guest rooms) have been given a spruce up. The Birnam Brasserie is one of the hotel’s new additions works particularly well, especially as a brunch venue. It’s large, light and airy and has a real buzz about it. We sat in the winter garden and I’d recommend it. It’s in a separate room from the self-serve cold bar area so it’s a little more chilled but at the same time to ensure it’s not too much of a stretch to have your Bloody Mary topped up.
After you have filled your boots with starters from the cold buffet (the freshest seafood, cheese and charcuterie board), you get to choose a course from the menu as your main. I went for the classic steak and pommes frites but there are plenty of choices including some delicious dishes like moules mariniere, cajun blackened swordfish or truffle mac n’ cheese.
While you let that settle, you can enjoy a couple more drinks with the soundtrack of chilled tunes played by the house DJ. Then, once you feel that you have the space you can finish things off with a selection of desserts from the very colourful and tempting cake tray, or if a selection of their homemade ice-creams.
As far as price goes, it’s £37 each for the food only option or £65 with the drinks package (that includes wine and brunch cocktails), which I’d say was pretty good value when you consider the spread. It’s maybe not one for every month, but as a little treat to yourself or to celebrate a special occasion this place is perfect.
Brunch at Gleneagles is a relaxed yet decadent affair in a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to do it all again soon.