Feast Of Fife – Eden Mansion Hotel & William Curley Patissier Chocolatier

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For the first of my #feastoffife posts, I want to introduce you all to Eden Mansion…

Eden Mansion Hotel was the setting for the first day of the Feast of Fife Bloggers Event. Situated in Guardbridge, just a few miles from St Andrews, Eden Mansion offers luxury five star accommodation in a Victorian mansion house, in a private and peaceful location.
As I drove up the beautifully manicured drive to Eden Mansion Hotel, I just had that  feeling that this was going to be somewhere special. We couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect location to begin our 48 hour Fife food and drink extravaganza. The welcome was warm, the interiors were sumptuous, and the service was second to none.

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Eden Mansion… beautiful on the outside and on the inside
Photo on top left courtesy of http://www.edenmansion.com

We were lucky enough to be served afternoon tea at Eden Mansion. This beautiful house really does offer the perfect setting for afternoon tea. The cake stands adorned with delicate sandwiches, scones, cakes, and other treats looked beautiful and tasted delicious. The stars of the afternoon tea selection for me were the Guardbridge plum fool and the ginger cake with wild brambles.

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Afternoon Tea at Eden Mansion

Eden Mansion is simply stunning, and would make the most beautiful wedding venue. In a world where Mr Hungry Squirrel and I actually get an opportunity for a child-free night or two, this would most definitely be on my list of locations for a romantic break.

Over the course of our morning at Eden Mansion we listened to a number of speakers, from Fife Food Ambassador Christopher Trotter to Technology & Digital Marketing Consultant Stephen Whitelaw.
Helen & Drew McKenzie-Smith gave an interesting talk about resurrecting distilling at Lindores Abbey after 523 years. They are in the process of building a distillery and visitor centre, which is due to open in June 2017.

The highlight of the speakers for me was chocolate guru William Curley. We were treated to a fabulous plate of the most exquisite chocolates to accompany the story of Fife-born William Curley, and his rise to Patissier Chocolatier and member of the Relais Dessert International (the highest accolade awarded to chefs in the UK). Each chocolate has its own story and represents a different stage in William’s career. From William’s take on Millionaires Shortbread, which is a tribute to his Grandmother, to the beautiful Juniper & Cassis, which is a nod to his time at The Savoy, where he became the youngest Chef Patissier in its history at the age of 27. Since 2011 he has had a concession in Harrods, London. Now, if only he’d open a retail outlet in Scotland for us all to buy his chocolate delicacies!

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Left – William Curley chocolates for breakfast
Middle – William Curley recounts his rise to Patissier Chocolatier
Right – William Curley’s Millionaires Shortbread

Thankyou to Eden Mansion for hosting a fantastic first day of the #feastoffife.

More posts covering the rest of the highlights of #feastoffife coming soon…

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