Borders College

Students enjoy 5 star lunch service at Balmoral Hotel

In October 2018, level 2 and 3 catering students from Borders College took the train from Tweedbank to Edinburgh Waverley to attend the Balmoral Hotel’s ‘Brasserie Prince’ for lunch. Everybody was dressed up in a smart manner.

Catering students at Balmoral Hotel

We arrived at Edinburgh Waverley at 11.30am and walked up to the grand entrance of the Balmoral where we then got a picture. We were invited in by people dressed in suits, when we first walked in there was a big vase of flowers in the middle of the entrance hall. The room smelt of flowers and candles. At first glance it was clean and tidy. We got shown to our table by the manager of the well established hotel.

Once seated the manager Hubert gave a timeline of his experience in the hospitality trade and how he become who he is today. The well dressed waiters then came to the tables with baskets of bread and butter and a wooden board with rosemary, black and red pepper grissini with a lemon hummus – they were delicious and very refreshing to the taste.

Lunch at Brasserie Prince, Balmoral HotelFor the starters the waiters placed plates in the centre of the tables for us to help ourselves and share among each other – they consisted of Grandpa Benoit Roux country pate with sourdough bread, Balmoral smoked salmon with onion rings, capers, lemon and rye soda bread, Beetroot and goats cheese salad with red pepper and vinaigrette and tabouleh of quinoa salad and roasted Mediterranean vegetables.

After we finished the starters, which were delicious and flavoursome, we were then served our main courses which consisted of Coq au vin with fresh tagliatelle pasta, which had rich flavours and was very well presented.

Once the whole group had finished we waited a few minutes and our dessert was placed in front of us, this consisted of a dark chocolate mousse with gavottes biscuits which was light and rich in flavour and well presented.

Overall the portion sizes were a perfect size, everything was cooked perfectly and the presentation was outstanding.

One of the students that attended had a cheese allergy which was taken care of in the highest of standards and the manager then explained to the student what she could have.

After the meal we got a college photo with the manager Hubert then we left after this to catch our train back to the college.

* Thank you to Catering students Rebecca Sharpe, Alana Third and Hannah Finnie, who provided this informative report from their trip to the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh *

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Published: Thu 25th Oct, 2018