Hotel’s Christmas menu from 100 years ago discovered and recreated


A LUXURY Scottish castle hotel uncovered its Christmas dinner menu from 100 years ago, dating back to the beginning of the Great War, and decided to recreate the it.


Staff at Atholl Palace Hotel in Perthshire came across the historic menu in its archives and decided to mark the centenary by recreating some of the dishes that were enjoyed by guests at the start of World War I.


The menu includes starters such as Radishes, Assorted Olives and Celery and Cold Sliced Beef Tongue leading on to Young Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Currant Dressing and Giblet Gravy with Pumpkin Pie and Amontillado Sherry to finish off. It also lists a cigar or cigarette to complete the celebrations.


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A photo of staff who worked at the hotel 100 years ago


The four star hotel, which first opened its doors in 1884, has pledged to donate one pound from every Festive Lunch at the Hotel during December to The Royal British Legion.


Graeme Strachan, General Manager at Atholl Palace Hotel, said: “The Hotel embraces its 132 year history, so when we uncovered the Christmas dinner menu from 1914 we felt it was fitting to bring it back to life for the centenary.


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A postcard of the hotel from the time


“Some of the items on the menu are no longer to our palette and it wouldn’t be the ‘done-thing’ these days to end a meal at the table with ‘White Rock cigars’ or ‘Fatima cigarettes’, however it does show a true reflection of how Christmas dinner would’ve played out during that era.


“We wanted to add a charity element to our festive lunches so what better way than to tie in our historic find and raise money for The Royal British Legion. It is an incredibly worthwhile charity that helps the serving and ex-Service community and their families.”