Wednesday, 26th September 2018 at 1.30 p.m.

*** Please note: this event has been fully subscribed, and applications are now closed. *** 

This particular venue was suggested by one of our members and once you have been there, you will realise why.

We don’t think very many of you will have experienced its excellence, but if we tell you that it’s a Fine Dining Restaurant and comes courtesy of Culinary Royalty – The Roux Family, we think you will be most enthusiastic to savour its delights.

The Telegraph has described it as “a grand, fortified mansion with a 16th-century tower and Georgian and Victorian extensions, rescued from near dereliction by a nine-million pound restoration by local businessman and art collector Steve Timoney and his wife Alison Reid-Timoney. It’s set in lovely grounds, at High Blantyre, close to Glasgow.”

It continues: ‘this outstanding restoration has produced an elegant showpiece of art and interior design, and yet created a warm, homely ambiance evocative of a fine country house.  A woman’s refined taste (Alison Reid-Timoney’s, to be precise) is evident in spacious public rooms adorned with period furniture, antiques and soft furnishings, with muted tartan and tweed notes. Artworks on the walls include Raeburn portraits and rare prints of Queen Victoria.’

Historically, it has been the home of many famous Scots. Charles MacIntosh celebrated inventor of waterproof cloth for raincoats lived here in the 19th century. The celebrated City Merchant Thomas Dunlop Findlay resided here, selling it to Dr. Barnardo’s Homes around 1945. It was subsequently owned by a further Education College and further on became a Christian Centre. It lay empty and near desolate until 2011 when the current restoration programme was funded and began.

To whet your appetite, we will be presented with the Chef’s artisan sandwiches; freshly baked fruit and plain scones with home made jam and clotted cream; a selection of home cakes and the chef’s afternoon tea delicacies.

We have booked places for 60 members. The cost to the Association is £25 but we are offering this for only £16 which includes the cost of the bus. (Members can make their own transport arrangements but there is no price reduction in that case)

The bus will leave North Hanover Street at 12.30 p.m and will leave Crossbasket Castle at 3.15 p.m.

Interested members should apply for tickets in the normal manner.

. (Closing date for entries is 24th August if not sold out prior to this date.)