Look inside the Ayrshire luxury hotel’s stunning new casual restaurant set to open in May


A new casual dining venue is set to open at a luxury five-star Ayrshire resort in May.

Glenapp Castle in the Ballantrae of South Ayrshire is already a top destination for delicious food with its fine dining and 3 AA Rosettes.

And now, with the launch of the stunning The Azalea Restaurant, Glasshouse & Bothy, the hotel plans to take its food and beverage offering to new levels with its informal dining venue.

Located in the center of the castle’s walled garden, The Azalea, Glasshouse & Bothy restaurants are adjoining, offering guests the choice of surrounding gardens or picturesque views of Azalea Pond.

These two spaces can be separated for private dining experiences and more intimate events, or can be combined and offered exclusively for private events or weddings, accommodating up to 100 guests.

The Azalea, Glasshouse & Bothy restaurant will see the hotel offer local cuisine in a less formal way

The Azalea Glasshouse offers five individual dining compartments, including The Fruit Room, which features fig and peach trees, and The Pond Room, which features a charming goldfish pond.

The pond room
The pond room

May’s storage room also sports a botanical theme, in line with Glenapp’s sustainability beliefs which sees the hotel use local produce from their gardens.

Curry plants, marigold leaves and rhubarb are grown a few meters away and all feature on the food and drink menu.

Azalea, Glasshouse & Bothy restaurant to open in May
Azalea, Glasshouse & Bothy restaurant to open in May

And overlooking the estate’s Azalea Pond is Bothy’s Restaurant, whose ceilings reach 25 feet to provide space for local artists to display their work.

The restaurant will also celebrate local musicians who will provide guests with musical performances throughout the year.

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Bothy's Restaurant
Bothy’s Restaurant

Jill Chalmers, Managing Director of Glenapp Castle, said: “We are delighted to launch The Azalea Restaurant, Glasshouse & Bothy and are confident that it will transform our already thriving business and take it to the next level.

“While we take tremendous pride in our fine dining at the hotel, we recognize that fresh ingredients and local cuisine that is less formal in nature is also very appealing to our guests.

Curl up with a book or enjoy afternoon tea at The Azalea Glasshouse
Curl up with a book or enjoy afternoon tea at The Azalea Glasshouse

“With its breathtaking position, surrounded by nature, flora and fauna, and the opportunity to dine under the stars, there is no doubt that The Azalea Restaurant, Glasshouse & Bothy offers our customers and the local community a unique and tranquil dining experience in the heart of the estate.”

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