Delectable Dishes

As event catering specialists, our hardworking team work around the clock to provide simply the best cuisine tailored to all kinds of events. From lavish gala dinners to appetising canapé receptions, we pride ourselves on using local, Scottish produce and suppliers. Have a peak at some of our delectable dishes - we’re sure you’ll agree they are all mouth-watering!

Highland loin of venison served with sticky red cabbage, fondant potato, sautéed Brussel sprout leaves drizzled with a light red wine sauce.

A medley of the finest Scottish seafood including scallops, cockles, lobster, mussels, langoustines and crab. 

A selection of canapés including vodka and beetroot cured Scottish salmon served on a mini blini with a Crowdie cheese mousse, savoury shortbread topped with Blue Murder cheese and apple jelly, cherry tomato with Boccioni finished with basil dressing and leaves.

 

Butternut squash lasagne, chargrilled squash fondant, toasted pine nuts, shaved Parmesan, basil cream and micro basil leaves.

An appetiser made up of a medley of seafood consisting of seared scallop, steamed mussels and cockles, lobster tortellini in a pool of lobster bisque and finished with samphire.

Confit of chicken, Stornoway Black Pudding and prune terrine, charred leeks, hazelnut jelly served with griddled hazelnut bread.

What better way to end a sumptuous meal than with a dessert! This is certainly one for those with a sweet tooth.

Handmade chocolate roulade, homemade cherry ice cream nestled on shortbread crumble, boozy cherries, chocolate shard and cherry dressing.

This is just a taster of the finest dishes to which we offer. What’s more, we can cater for office meetings with our Lunch To You service and our Saltire Patisserie. No matter the event, we have delicious options to suit all tastes and budgets. 

If you’d like to find out more about our catering services, get in touch with us today via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 0131 333 0131. 

A Season of Successes

From autumn weddings to café launches, this season has been simply fantastic. Full of more delectable dishes and successes from the Saltire team, there have certainly been some stellar highlights – not to mention a few great photos of our venues!

Cadell’s Café at Cockenzie House

Last month, we announced some very exciting news. At the beginning of October, we opened our café and tea room, Cadell’s Café, offering a homely escape where you can enjoy an afternoon tea with friends and family – you can even bring your canine friend!

As one of the few remaining Jacobean mansions in Scotland, this stunning 17th century house is the perfect embodiment of history and character. We’re absolutely thrilled with our new café. We reckon it’s the perfect cosy spot for the winter season.

We’re open 7 days a week, from 10am – 4pm. Come along and pay us a visit! 

Delectable Dishes at Holyrood

Last month, we served up a delicious feast at Holyrood, which was as much a treat on the eyes as it was on the belly. The special dinner included a mouth-watering ham Hough and free-range chicken confit, served with parsley jelly.

We also dished up a honey panna cotta infused with Drambuie whisky. Served with berry compote, mini meringue, dried frozen raspberries and homemade shortbread, this is one sweet treat that we love creating.

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National Mining Museum Wedding

Dishing up a plentiful of dishes, we catered for a fabulous wedding at the National Mining Museum last month. We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the couple’s special day.

Looking for more information? Simply click here for more details on our National Mining Museum Wedding package.

Saltire Successes

With jingle bells ringing faintly in the distance, the busy festive season is approaching. We’re certainly going to have a very busy few months ahead of us. However, we couldn’t do the work that we do without our friendly, hardworking team – roll on December!

 

Top 11 Scottish Wedding Venues to Inspire You

As a wedding caterer, we understand the importance of planning your big day. From selecting a fantastic caterer to choosing creative wedding favours, there are a myriad of factors to consider when it comes to wedding planning.

We’re firm believers of working with you to help tailor your wedding day to your exact requirements, including choosing a venue. No matter the size, we have a variety of venues to recommend.

With many stunning locations to choose from, we’ve put together eleven wonderful establishments to help you make that important decision – each known for their picturesque interiors to help you decide and give you inspiration. 

Cockenzie House

Within the small village of Cockenzie and Port Seton lies a beautiful estate; Cockenzie House and Gardens is a wonderful, historic establishment just outside the capital. From a big marquee wedding to a small and intimate gathering, this venue is sure to fulfil your every need for the big day.

The Royal College of Physicians

A unique historic venue situated in the New Town in Edinburgh, The Royal College of Physicians provides a magnificent setting with its original architectural features. We’re proud to be caterers of choice for this stunning venue and also offer excellent winter wedding and Sunday packages, which you can view here.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Located on the distinguished George Street in the Edinburgh city centre, The Royal Society of Edinburgh oozes elegance with its beautiful interiors. This establishment is also licensed to hold wedding ceremonies, and can host wedding receptions for up to 120 guests.

National Mining Museum Scotland

A venue which is also licensed to hold ceremonies, experience all aspects of your special day under one roof at the National Mining Museum Scotland. This spectacular venue is also a 5-star visitor attraction, proving to be a unique setting for your wedding.

Oxenfoord Castle

Situated in Pathhead, Oxenfoord Castle is an ideal location for the big day. This remarkable castle has three unique rooms, and has the added benefit of being yours exclusively from the moment you arrive, until you leave.  

The Merchants’ Hall

Built in the 19th century, The Merchants’ Hall is rich in history and has beautiful interiors. With several rooms to choose from, this magnificent build can accommodate from 80-250 guests. 

Melville Castle

Nestled within 50 acres of beautiful woodland, Melville Castle is a wonderful estate which includes 32 bedrooms, along with a Brasserie restaurant and cellar bar. This castle is a fabulous venue for romantic Scottish weddings.

Kirknewton Stables

If you’re looking for a venue outside of the city centre, but close enough to accommodate your guests, Kirknewton Stables is the perfect venue for you. Having recently been renovated, the stables is now a beautifully atmospheric venue that can hold up to 150 guests. A marquee can also be set up in the walled garden for larger numbers.

The University of Glasgow

This sophisticated building exudes history and elegance. The University of Glasgow has the most impressive halls which offer flexibility; from a capacity of 80 to 360 – the possibilities are endless.

Fingask Castle

Sitting beautifully in the heart of Scotland, Fingask Castle is a magical and rural setting for any wedding. Ceremonies can be held within the scenic castle interiors, whilst bigger weddings can hire the pavilion for their evening reception.

Kinkell Byre

An exquisite venue, Kinkell Byre is a charming venue which overlooks the stunning coast of St. Andrews. The Byre’s converted farm buildings can be adapted to suit weddings of any size.

Need help choosing a venue?

Our friendly sales team can offer lots of venue ideas to suit any wedding style. You can contact us on 0131 333 0131 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Cadell's Cafe at Cockenzie House

The autumn chill has arrived, the leaves are changing colour, and the nights have certainly began drawing in. With a selection of winter warmers to get you through the season, our cosy café and tea room at Cockenzie House is the perfect stop for a cuppa.

Named after the Cadell family who used to own the property, Cadell’s Café serves our finest pastries, sandwiches, desserts and plentiful teas and coffees. Our tea room is a wonderful location for an afternoon tea with friends – you can even bring your canine friend!

Situated in the small village of Cockenzie and Port Seton, this picturesque establishment is a seventeenth-century manor house surrounded by a beautiful walled garden. Though the manor has gone through a recent refurbishment to include our brand new café, it does retain its notable historic style and atmosphere.

In 1745, the building was used during the Jacobite Battle of Prestonpans, and the Royalist forces would leave their valuables in the house whilst at battle (which only lasted ten minutes). When the battle was over, the Jacobites raided the premises and left with the Royalist’s valuables!

Today, the building is now a delightful haven where guests can connect with the historic past, take a walk through the popular John Muir Way, and it can now even be hired for private events, especially for those who’re planning an event with a historic twist.

Whether it’s a traditional Scottish wedding or even Jacobite-themed dinners, Cockenzie House is a superb venue for a variety of events. The property is also used for local occasions such as artisan craft fairs. 

Having opened on the 1st of October, we couldn’t be more thrilled with our new café and tea room. We’re open 7 days a week, from 10am – 5pm so please do join us for a cuppa.

Why not take a peek inside? We'd love to see you soon.

Blair Castle Equi-trek International Horse Trails & Country Fair

We had another fantastic year at Blair Castle’s International Horse Trials 2016 this August! Partnering up with the historic Scottish castle, we had the honour of providing our catering services for the spectacular annual event. 

Attracting over 40,000 visitors each year, Blair Castle Horse Trials is Scotland’s leading equestrian event, running alongside The Bruadar Country Fair. This year, Olympic medallists competed alongside amateurs in the four International event classes. Visitors could also watch British Show Jumping and showing classes, which gives riders in other disciplines a platform to on which to compete. 

Non-horsey family members could venture off to the shopping village and enjoy over 200 stands, plus the large food hall, live entertainment and picturesque views of the castle estate. What’s more, official charity partners Barnardo’s injected some high-flying fun for the adrenaline junkies with a 90ft high zip wire! Those brave enough to face the heights could leap off Cummings Tower and zip line 300m over the equestrian event to the landing platform. Suffice to say, the event really is an experience fit for all the family! 

This year, spectators watched an array of talented horses and riders perform in front of the breathtaking castle, while sipping on delightful Pimm’s and Prosecco. Each day, we catered for the sponsors in the members’ marquee with sumptuous three-course fine dining menus. We also served food throughout the day in the public marquee; from full Scottish breakfasts to classic fish and chips, mixed sandwiches to a selection of fresh bakery goods produced directly from the Saltire Patisserie.

 

For visitors with a sweet tooth (that’s everyone, isn’t it?), we provided an assortment of traybakes, including mouth-watering millionaire’s shortbread; we promise that they are as moreish as they look! To wash it all down, our Saltire Coffee House ensured that those all-important caffeine fixes were on offer.

What’s more, during each night of the 4-day event, our gourmet hog roast took centre stage while we ran the bars in the public marquee. Here, visitors could enjoy energetic ceilidhs and discos, and several drinks receptions were held for the participants.

Suffice to say, it was a pleasure to be a part of the equestrian extravaganza again this year and we thoroughly enjoyed serving up our menu choices. Roll on 2017!

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Are you interested in finding out more about our catering services for your public event? Get in touch on 0131 333 0131 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saltire Gets into Gear at Pedal for Scotland

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Our busy year continued to pedal ahead as we geared up for Pedal for Scotland in September!. For the 18th year running, thousands of cyclists returned for a variety of rides, catering for all ages and abilities, and team Saltire were there to make sure that absolutely no-one went hungry!

Organised by Cycling Scotland, Pedal for Scotland is the biggest bike event in the country, where participants can choose from three different rides; The Wee Jaunts, The Classic Challenge or The Big Belter. We catered for the main event day which consisted of the 46-mile Classic Challenge, and the 112-mile Big Belter, both running from Glasgow to Edinburgh – the cyclists certainly had their work cut out for them! 

The tremendous event was headed up by Gareth George, Brian Curtis and George Di Ponion in association with the Scottish Cycling Development Project (SCDP). The first cycling event began in 1999, attracting 400 riders and raising £60,000 for 16 different charities. Today, cyclists set off from Glasgow’s George Square and cross the finish line at Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. And with 20 of our staff members making 8,000 sandwiches alone, we were putting in a whole lot of elbow grease at our patisserie! What’s more, we supplied delicious pasta pots, using over 200kg of pasta and 280 litres of pasta sauce (yep, that’s a lot of pasta), keeping family and friends refuelled while the cyclists raced on.

 

We’d like to say a big thank you to our team for all of their hard work and for making the tastiest sandwiches and pasta snacks for the attendees. We’re delighted to cater for Pedal for Scotland and we can’t wait to see what the next year holds!

Saltire Hospitality at the Fringe!

As The Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets well and truly underway, and the capital becomes a buzzing hive of non-stop shows, live art and street performers, we’ve been busy behind the scenes to get ready for the biggest event in Scotland’s calendar. Team Saltire have been working to make sure that you can escape the hustle and bustle and take time out to refuel this festival season. That’s why we’ve launched our pop-up café and bar at The Royal Society of Edinburgh. This stunning building, nestled right in the heart of the City Centre, is simply the perfect venue to make a well-earned pit stop and take in a spot of theatre during the festival heave!

 

Established in 1783, the RSE was made by Royal Charter for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. The Society held meetings often and moved venues several times before settling in to their current, historic building at 22 – 24 George Street. The first meeting at this location was held on 1st March 1909.

 

Today, the building remains as beautifully imposing as ever, and a naturally ideal location for us to set-up shop in August. From delicious sandwiches to a wide selection of beverages (including our Daffy’s Gin bar for gin lovers), we’ve bites and sips at the ready to suit every festival-goer. You’ll even find ample supplies of popcorn and Rollover hotdogs if you’re eager to grab snacks on-the-go.

 

So come on down to the venue and take in a marvellous show courtesy of Spotlites. Experience a wealth of innovative, interactive and international theatre from productions boasting major established players, emerging professionals as well as exciting new students. Don’t miss it!

 

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We’ll be here until the end of August, serving up sustenance for the during of the festival! We hope to see you soon.

A ‘Moo-hoosive’ Sweet Sixteen!

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Like two peas in a very busy pod, Saltire Hospitality and the Royal Highland Centre have now been happily intertwined for 16 moo-hoosive years! Not only do we share the same home turf, but every year they throw one of Scotland’s biggest parties – The Royal Highland Show. You might just have heard of it!

Having The Royal Highland Show coincide with our birthday each year gives us the perfect reason to celebrate. After all, who doesn’t like a birthday full of great food and drink, exciting events and the thrill that comes from catering over 180,000 guests? 

As you can see from our foodie fun factographic, the Saltire team of chefs, KPs and logistics were kept very busy keeping our guests fed and watered during the course of the four-day event.

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Once again, strawberry tarts and pitchers of Pimm’s went down a treat. A good old-fashioned cup of tea never goes amiss either.

Between visiting stalls and watching the equestrian shows from our prosecco bar, we were thrilled to cater for guests from all over the world. In particular, it was fantastic to see lots of show-goers taking pics of Sally the Saltire Cow – or should we say Sally the selfie-loving cow?

Congratulations to Susan Ingram, who won a Saltire Patisserie cake and champagne, 2x tickets to the Rosslyn Chapel, plus lunch for 6 from Lunch To You, thanks to his/her fantastic pic!

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Testament to our 16 years of business, the event truly is a team and family effort. From our brigade of bakers and keen chefs, to our friendly team of front of house staff, everyone chipped in to make it another fantastic year – even Lola the dog was on duty!

Feast your eyes on 2016’s highlights below:

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What was your favourite moment from the show? We’d love to know!

Venue Spotlight: The Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Here at Saltire, we’re committed to crafting bespoke experiences, whether that be serving up high-quality food and beverages, or helping you to select the perfect venue. That’s why we partner with many of Scotland’s finest events spaces, from houses to castles, to offer only the highest quality experiences. And if it’s spectacular interiors and detailed architecture you’re searching for, it’s The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh that will deliver; a true hidden gem, nestled right in the heart of the capital.

Founded in the 17th century by Edinburgh physicians, The RCPE was used to advance medicine and to help the city’s people in need. Upon passing through the grand doors, visitors are surrounded by medical symbolism in the Queen Street building, such as the large portraits which adorn the its rooms and staircases. Today, The Royal Collage is a professional membership organisation with more than 10,000 Fellows and Members in over 91 countries. As a charity registered in Scotland, the profits generated from room hire are reinvested to support the college.

When it comes to weddings, the stately New Library, the bright Cullen Suite, and the splendid Great Hall make this the perfect setting for up to 150 people. Guests may also access the courtyard and Queen Street Gardens, usually closed to the public, for show-stopping photographs.

For meetings and dinners, the RCPE is top-class for convenience, located in Edinburgh’s central business district, boasting a selection of meeting rooms across a choice of contemporary or historic spaces. The venue can host business meetings, presentations, training or conferences, and we can cater for breakfast, lunch or dinner, ranging from light lunches to formal dinners.

You can even behold a festively dressed Great Hall on our special Christmas evening, Saturday, 17th December. For £60 per person, our guests will enjoy a glass of bubbly, handcrafted canapés, a three-course meal, half bottle of wine plus a night of ceilidh dancing and extraordinary entertainment, sure to make for a Christmas party night to remember.  

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From over 300 year’s worth of history to its modern-day splendor, take a walk through the building below and find out exactly why the RCPE really is one of Edinburgh’s most stunning hidden gems…  

 

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Want to use this venue for your event or book for the upcoming Christmas evening? Get in touch with us on 0131 333 0131 or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to discuss how we can help to craft a bespoke experience for your needs.

 

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