The power of good food

Someone once said ‘good food is good for the soul’. A look around the lounge at Leuchie House this week left me in no doubt it’s good for our all-round health and wellbeing too.

We’ve just had a 12 day ‘Taste of East Lothian’ themed break at Leuchie, where many of our guest activities have been about exploring and enjoying some of the fabulous food and drink produced around the county.

The range of things we’ve been able to do, the enthusiasm of local suppliers to get involved, and the response from our guests has been incredible.

We were thrilled to have Ryan McCutcheon, Head Chef at Greywalls Hotel give a cookery demonstration using East Lothian produce. In front of a packed audience of guests, he conjured up a delicious main course using grouse from East Fortune, with mushrooms and cauliflower from local fields. Followed by rosemary-infused chocolate on a fruit and nut crouton, there was no shortage of willing samplers!

Later the same day, the arrival of S Luca’s famous ice cream van had the whole house buzzing once again! It may have been a wet Monday afternoon but the smiles and the chatter around the house as everyone tucked into their 99s was a joy to be part of.

Another highlight was a visit from NB Gin when guests got the chance to sample their locally-produced spirits and hear about the development of another great East Lothian success story.

Add to that an East Lothian tasting afternoon, a pub quiz with local ales, a natural beauty session using local honey and lots more, before a special Taste of East Lothian dinner party brought the holiday to a delicious conclusion.

All simple stuff really but the impact has been remarkable. The power of good food to bring us together, take us away from our everyday problems, forge bonds, create conversations, and generally just make us happy, is something really special. Our guests left feeling relaxed and recharged, having built lasting memories and made new friends.

So keep doing what you do East Lothian food and drink producers. Your work does more good than you probably imagined! 

Mairi O'Keefe, Chief Executive, Leuchie House. Published in The East Lothian Courier, 14 September 2017.