The £0.5million investment by Craufurdland Ltd, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, will be completed in April with the opening of “The Laird’s Table”, a new cafe/restaurant at the centre of its strategy to expand into the destination tourism market. This project will create the equivalent of 17 full-time jobs and support many local independent suppliers.
Everything in the Laird’s Table has a story; the tables are made from the Horse-Chestnut Tree that came down in the storms at the back of the castle’s garden, the historical artefacts, family memorabilia and clothing being used as decor all coming from the castle attics and the groundbreaking innovative waste water treatment system.
Not only is ‘the Laird’s Table’ made of a recycled modular building, the heating is provided by a water source heat pump using the water from the fishing Loch, solar panels will supply some of the electricity, with charging points for electric cars and even the water and food waste will be disposed in an environmentally friendly manner, using a Wastewater Wizard Vermiculture tank, which will be the largest of its kind in Scotland to date.
The ethos of ‘The Laird’s table’ is to use quality seasonal local produce where possible, environmentally friendly and sustainable. The café offerings will include fresh baked bread, warming soups, baked potatoes with sumptuous fillings, delicious coffee, and mouth watering home baking. Friday to Sunday nights the restaurant offering will be wholesome hearty artisan food using quality local seasonal produce with a menu that changes on a regular basis.
Locals will be able to take advantage of the Laird’s Limo, in the form of a 9 seater Landrover Defender (nicknamed Lordie) which will ferry groups to and from the Lairds Table of an evening.
The new building will also house the new Fishery and leisure reception for outdoor activities, and in the summer there will be dedicated changing and shower block opened for our more active guests.