LAST MONTH the Newsletter had the privilege of meeting up with Nick Kourie and Mike Sheffield from Amity Hospitality, managing agents of The Green Hotel and Glen Taylor, hotel manager. We were interested to know more about their vision for the hotel, and they were keen to show us just some of the changes and improvements they have made to this long-running business during the last year.
Amity Hospitality first took on the day-to-day management of the hotel in February 2019, on behalf of the Kinross Estates Company. Not the first agents to be tasked with bringing the hotel back into the market place as the premier hotel in Kinross, Amity, with over 70 years of experience in bespoke, tailored solutions for small to medium sized businesses in the hospitality industry, are ideally placed to put the Green Hotel on the map.
Have you been to Jock’s bar recently? If you haven’t been in a while you may not recognise it now. It has undergone a serious transformation. The new and improved Jock’s Bar opened in December and the first family-friendly Hogmanay Hoolie was a great success. You may be wondering who Jock was. The Black Watch were, of course, our most famous local regiment – perhaps one of the most famous in the British Army. Initially formed to ‘watch’ over the Highlands, they recruited primarily from Perthshire, Fife, Angus and Dundee. Soldiers in all Scottish regiments have traditionally always been known as ‘Jocks’ and the bar was duly named in their memory.
Whether your preferred tipple is a local Loch Leven Gin or a barista-style coffee from Myrtle Coffee, Jock’s Bar is the place to head for a relaxed dining environment. Open all day from 8.30am, you can pop in for fresh patisserie anytime, although the bar also has an all-day menu featuring lite bites, sandwiches, sharing plates and much more. In the evenings, this vibrant bar offers local ales and Sky Sports (in ultra HD, no less!) on a 65” TV screen, and Mike tells us there will soon be regular live entertainment on the menu. Next on the agenda for Jock’s Bar is a partially covered outside area for al fresco dining – great to look forward to when the Scottish summer evening weather is kind.
Now that the bar has undergone some modernisation it’s time for a new name for the newly refurbished bar, and suggestions are welcome. There is a competition on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GreenHotelResort), and it’s not too late to send in your suggestions. You could even win a prize!
Kinross, one of the great historic towns of Scotland, is known for – among many other things – its ferry to Loch Leven. In the year
1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned at Loch Leven Castle and The Green Hotel has named their new, more formal, restaurant 1567 in her honour. 1567 is a real diner’s delight; beautifully decorated in a design that’s modern and clean. One of the Green Hotel’s relatively unknown features is its rarely visited courtyard garden, and the newly refurbished dining area offers great views over the striking fountain at its centre.
Visitors can enjoy breakfast, or lingering, romantic dinners here, or simply pop along with friends to try out the lunch menu. You can even take your dessert and coffee outside – if the weather permits. Little ones are welcome to have some fun feeding the fish – just ask one of the team for some fish food. 1567 offers all day dining from 10am with a view out to the gardens.
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