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Luxury venue Dundas Castle is celebrating the 600th birthday of its historic Auld Keep during 2016 and 2017.  The Keep is one of Scotland’s oldest venues and in its lifetime has been a prison, a home, a fortress, a RAF base and now a stunning events venue.

A Charter was granted to build the Keep from the Duke of Albany in 1416-17 and the history of the building is being marked with a number of celebratory events over the coming year.  Culminating with a special commemoration in 2017, the celebrations will begin with a series of unique dinners available to book on an exclusive basis.  While the usual requirement is for visitors to take the whole castle on an exclusive use basis, for the 600th birthday, a group of up to 20 can book a Tasting Menu dinner within the Stag Chamber of the Auld Keep and enjoy its historic and atmospheric surroundings.

Featuring champagne, fine local produce and 8 courses, the dinners have been created by Dundas Castle’s exclusive catering providers, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.   Highlights of the menu which starts at £150 per head, include Sconser Scallops, Roe Deer Tartare, local Lamb and a range of superb wines paired with each course.

Owner, Sir Jack Stewart-Clark comments: “Marking the 600th birthday of a building requires a big celebration!  These dinners are totally unique and offer a one-off opportunity for our guests to enjoy the surroundings of our historic and beautiful Keep.  We will soon announce our plans to mark this exciting milestone and the team at Dundas really looks forward to a significant year for our business.”

Tom Beauchamp, Head Chef at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said: Dundas Castle and The Keep are steeped in history. The 600th anniversary of the keep is a significant milestone and it’s an honour to be part of the occasion and to develop a menu to celebrate this majestic venue. Our bespoke tasting menu focuses on the best of Scottish produce, combining interesting flavours and textures, in order to reflect the fascinating legacy of the castle and the keep.”

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events has an exclusive partnership with Dundas Castle providing bespoke catering for more than 100 weddings and private and corporate celebrations each year. Its team of talented chefs pride themselves on creating unique and innovative menus, tailored to impress guests at every occasion, with a focus on provenance, seasonal and local produce.