An evening of traditional Scottish Gastronomy, entertainment from Red Hot Chilli Pipers and charity prize draws, took place in the newly renovated, five star Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews. Hosted by former BBC Scotland newsreader and restaurant reviewer, Viv Lumsden, the celebration was a massive success and set a new standard for charity events, raising £20,000 for the remarkable Beatson Cancer Charity.

The transformed, beautifully lit atrium was bursting with the nation’s ‘VIP’s’ including government ministers, senior business leaders and an abundance of current and former sports figures including, Alain Baxter, Bobby Petta, Alan Rough and Andy Walker.  The five-course meal did not disappoint, with signature dishes made with the finest local produce and designed by master chef Gary Maclean in collaboration with renowned chefs Anthony Demetre, Steve Wilson and Gerard Chouet.  A personal highlight for the GlasgowLiving team was pan seared loin Of Roe Deer, presented perfectly with raw spiced and caramelised cauliflower, oats and brambles.

Image: http://garymacchef.com/chef-gary-maclean/

 

 

However, the delicious cuisine and outstanding entertainment were made even more enjoyable by the stunning interior architecture of the hotel’s atrium. The redesigned space has been imagined and created by one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices, RPW Design. The dramatic design is influenced by Scotland’s rich history and stunning landscapes with careful consideration put into the colours, textures and intricate details, creating an intimate and inviting space. One of the most impressive features is undoubtedly the 60m organic ceiling sculpture designed by award-winning artist George Singer- the sweeping form imitating the movement of the water in the North Sea and the shoals of fish in St Andrews Bay.

Image: http://www.georgesinger.co.uk/work/zephyr-chandelier/

 

Currently undergoing a multimillion pound renovation, the Fairmont has an impeccable reputation and has gained countless awards including the title of Best Hotel Resort at the Scottish Hospitality Awards in 2016.  The event was extremely well received, with John Keating, general manager of the Fairmont Hotel, describing it as a “remarkable milestone” and Graham Soutar, Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, as a “big success”.

 

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John Keating, General Manager of Fairmont St Andrews, said:

“The relaunch event was a great success and we are thankful to our guests, partners and chefs for joining to celebrate such a remarkable milestone for Fairmont St Andrews. We are thrilled to showcase this beautiful resort, as a celebration of the best of Scottish design, hospitality and produce. Thanks to the support of our guests, we were able to raise over £20,000 for Beatson to support their incredible work.”

 

Graham Soutar, Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity added:

“Fairmont St Andrews have been a huge supporter of our work and their efforts in collaborating with us for this fundraising event have been outstanding. We’d like to thank the whole team at the hotel and everyone who attended in order to make it such a big success.”

The 520 acre, five star Fairmont St Andrews resort is a unique and beautiful venue and the “Astronomic Extravaganza” was an event which truly celebrated the hotel’s luxury, elegance and breathtaking views. We’re looking forward to heading back soon, hopefully, to enjoy some golf – spring/summer 2018.