Proud members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club, the owners of La Potinière restaurant received the further accolade of being presented to HRH The Princess Royal at a gala dinner at Edinburgh Castle to celebrate their achievement.
HRH The Princess Royal was guest of honour at the event organised by Quality Meat Scotland, the representative body of the Scottish beef and lamb industry which co-ordinates the Scotch Beef Club.
Keith Marley and Mary Runciman whose restaurant is in Gullane’s Main Street joins top restaurants owners from all over the UK, including Brian Turner Mayfair and The Three Chimneys in the Isle of Skye, to earn membership of what is widely regarded as an exclusive club.
Mr Keith Marley Said: “We were delighted to hear that our restaurant is among the first fifty in the UK to be awarded membership of the Scotch Beef Club. At the La Potinière Restaurant we are proud to insist on only using quality products such as Scotch beef on our menus. The endorsement by HRH The Princess Royal of our continued support for Scotch beef was a welcome reward for our efforts on behalf of our loyal customers.”
Quality Meat Scotland Chairman, Jim Walker, said: “Restaurants which are successful in their applications have to meet a strict set of criteria designed to promote and protect the integrity of Scotch beef. The ‘blue chip’ members are all passionate about serving up Scotch beef to their discerning customers. As Scotch Beef Club members they agree to promote Scotch beef clearly and unambiguously on their menus and are willing to produce evidence detailing the origin of their beef during our spot check inspections.”
The historic setting of the Great Hall provided a fitting backdrop for the dinner. Guests including European journalists and customers enjoyed a traditional Scottish menu which not surprisingly included a fillet of Scotch beef.
The evening closed with the Beating of the Retreat by the 52nd Lowland Regiment.
Further information from Louise Welsh, Communications Manager, Quality Meat Scotland. Tel:0131 472 4112 Mobile: 07793 900653