Mark Donald

Inside the World’s First Whisky Distillery to Earn a Michelin Star

Scotland has given the world many gifts. From golf and whisky to the Deep Fried Mars Bar (yes, look it up), we owe a debt of gratitude to our Celtic brothers and sisters. However, we’ll happily allow them to take a back seat when it comes to fine dining. That is until now. Enter The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant – the world’s first distillery fine-dining concept. Only opening its doors in July 2021, it’s now become the first Michelin-star restaurant in a whisky distillery anywhere on the globe. Unfortunately, they don’t serve Mars bars…

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The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

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The Glenturret is owned by French crystal maker Lalique, which has a history of supporting fine dining establishments. Their portfolio includes two Michelin-starred Villa René Lalique in Alsace and one Michelin-starred Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey in the Bordeaux region of France.

Scottish-born Head Chef, Mark Donald, is one of the big reasons behind The Glenturret’s success. Inspired by the surrounding environment, he’s used the finest, hyper-local produce available. Dishes on the £125pp (AU$215pp) menu include Tattie scone, winter truffle, Baerii platinum caviar; Langoustine, buttermilk, Daurenki Tsar Impérial; Scallop kedgeree; Dover sole with white asparagus; Sika deer, hay smoked celeriac, sour quince; and Maracaibo millefeuille, green coffee and Glenturret Triple Wood.

The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

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The executive sommelier at The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant, Julien Beltzung, has curated an extensive international wine list to compliment Mark’s menus, comprising over 400 bins, with bottles starting from £39 (AU$67). Running alongside the restaurant is The Bar, which holds a collection of fine whiskies from both inside and outside Scotland’s oldest working distillery. A destination in its own right, The Bar’s 250 whiskies include rare bottlings such as The Glenturret 35-Year-Old 1977 and a Port Ellen 18-Year-Old 1979 Silent Stills Signatory.

Located in Crieff, Perthshire, The Glenturret was recently acquired by the Lalique Group and has seen an enormous rebrand of all the distillery’s core expressions. Their whiskies now come in Lalique-designed bottles, resulting in a growth in popularity worldwide. As you’d expect, the Lalique restaurant was another huge of the new strategy.

Speaking about the Michelin achievement, Mark Donald said: “I am so proud that Michelin have acknowledged the hard work, creativity and dedication from my team – and everyone at The Glenturret. Our Scottish heritage and surroundings are vital to the heart and soul of the restaurant.”

To make a reservation or learn more, head over to The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant website. 

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The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

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The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant

 

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