We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Scott & his team for a number of years now. Nothing but great laughs when we are working together. Scott has kindly answered a few questions about his services and what they offer.

What is the story behind Scotts Catering Services?

Scott’s Catering has been trading for 12 years now, Scott’s is managed by Scott himself but run his his amazing team, and without them we wouldn’t still be operating today. Some of our staff are young and only worked with us for a year or so and others have been on this great adventure with me and have been by my side for many many years.

My personal background is a young boy who failed at school goes to college to become a chef, Two years later I left and started working at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Big job for such a young and naive kid, still only 17 years of age.

Over the next 15 years or so I had the pleasure of working in some amazing establishments, from the Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London, Old Manor Hotel Lundin Links, Balbirnie House Hotel Markinch, Craigsanquhar House Hotel Fife, Fairmont Hotel St Andrews.

Once I was done working long hours and no family life, I decided I wanted a change in direction, and got a job lecturing hospitality at Forth Valley College in Falkirk and Stirling.

As the next 10 years passed, I realised there was something missing from my life. I missed the buzz and excitement of the commercial kitchen, so while lecturing during the day in the evenings I found myself doing small private dinner parties, which grow into bigger events and then to weddings, Balls, Students Events, Sporting events, and to be honest all kinds of event.

So I decided then to move into the outside catering business full time as the demand was so great.

As the business grew I started purchasing some cutlery, crockery, glassware etc, to help event organisers keep costs down and to make it easier getting it all under one roof.

12 years later we are now in our 5th premises and we continue to grow.  With that, our event knowledge is so much better, our delivery is much smoother, our staff are much more experienced and with over 300 different products to hire for your events, our package is much more complete.

 

What services do you offer?

We offer a one stop shop, with over 12 years in the outside catering business.

We can offer –

Designated Event manager to oversee your event from first meeting to Event Day

Tasting service of menu prior to the event.

Full tour of our premises, showing you all our products and how we operate

Full set up / dressage of the venue and break down at the end.

Event management and front of house staff on the day

Full kitchen team of qualified chefs, porters and logistic staff

Canape receptions, Grazing tables, full dinner service, Evening buffets

Full caterhire available to compliment your event

Most important of all – we only do one wedding a day, you are our main priority for today.

What is your style?

Due to our skills and knowledge we can offer several styles.

3 course plated food menu with a Scottish / French Influence

Family Service – sharing boards / grazing boards / Host The Roast

Street Food Market style Dining

Where does your inspiration come from?

At Scott’s we try to use local produce and suppliers where possible. Food is such a fashion and by the time an event comes around that crave can have already passed. We very much like to listen to our couples and create something around them, while we have many food menus and ideas on offer its so much easier working with the couples and creating something that works for them.

What has been one of your favourite dishes to make?

It’s not about one dish but maybe the style of Cooking, I personally love the street food market theme we can create at Kinkell Byre.

All the stalls are built around the food options on offer, and all the guests get a great dining experience with a twist. Just the faces of the guests as they walk into the food court area is memorable.

Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?

That’s easy, Everyone at Kinkell has one goal, and that is to make the day the best it can be for all couples. We all get on well and work hard to achieve the same goal, we help out where needed and no one is not prepared to help support each other.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their day?

Everyone should have a checklist.

I would advise all couples to start as early as possible. Find the suppliers you connect with best and who you know will deliver what you’re looking for on your big day.

Don’t be frightened to ask your suppliers lots of questions, Make sure they know exactly what you want your day to be like

How do couples book you and what is your process?

Our process is simple.

Once we have discussed the big day and agreed on quotes etc we send out the agreement papers which couples read, sign and return with the non refundable deposit of £500.

Quotes may change as couples do change their minds on things, or numbers increase or decrease.

Due to the position we are in now with Covid all deposits paid are transferred to a new date if we have to reschedule.

 

It is always an absolute pleasure having Bespoke cater weddings at Kinkell Byre. Kelly and the team really do put the couples best interest at heart and will cater to any of your needs! Kelly has kindly answered a few questions about Bespoke and what inspires them to do what they do.

What is the story behind Bespoke Catering?

We are a small family run business that puts its clients at the heart of everything we do. We have two main parts to our business. The wedding side and the TV and film side where we have been fortunate enough to cater for some really amazing productions including, Outlander, Jurassic World, Outlaw King, and The grand Tour.

What services do you offer?

We offer a fully bespoke catering service designed around you. We also offer on the day event management, crockery and glassware hire and everything else that is needed to bring the day together.

What is your style?

We don’t have a set style and because we haven’t put ourselves in a certain catering category, this allows us so much creative freedom when it comes to designing our couples menus.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Our inspiration comes from our couples, we genuinely believe in getting to know our couples, and never know what we will be serving until we know who we will be serving. From individual dishes to entire events, every experience we create is truly unique, because each of our couples are unique

What would you say is your favourite dish?

I love tasting menus because there isn’t one single dish that is my favourite. Creating a journey and an experience through a tasting menu brings me so much happiness!

Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?

Kinkell Byre is an amazing space, it really is the perfect blank canvas venue to start creating your dream day. It also has a large kitchen space which is such a treat when it comes to plating up your meal and because there is more kitchen space it does allow up more flexibility on what we can do and achieve in the space.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their day?
Make sure you plan the day you want, not the day you think you should have or your friends and family think you should have but the day that represents you as a couple!

How do couples book you and what is your process?

Everything we do is super flexible, and we will work with your food loves, ideas and budget to create the perfect dining experience for you and your guests. No matter your ideas we would love to hear them! Your wedding should be all about you, and we are here to help support that anyway we can!

To get things started we will send you our menu inspiration guide to help give you a feel for us and the flexibility you have working with us. Then once you are ready we will start working on a personalised proposal and quote for you.

 

 

Lazy Sunday are the epitome of fine dining and grazing tables. They offer exceptional service on the day of your wedding and make sure everything runs smoothly. Kasia from Lazy Sunday has kindly answered a few questions to give you a better understanding of what services they have to offer

Tell us a little about Lazy Sunday?
Lazy Sunday feeling is all about sharing generous and simple homemade food. We want our guests to eat with their eyes first! Our motto is “we make everything beautiful”.  What this means is: “beautiful to look at it and beautiful to eat “. We love to create the most relaxed ( but organized ) atmospheres and make your wedding one to be remembered! However,  it’s not about us – it’s all about our lovely couples and the way they want to create their beautiful day . We are there to step in to help make it all happen!
What services do you offer and what is your style?
Whenever you are planning a wedding, birthday or any other celebration we can offer one of our fabulous and nicely styled up grazing tables which would definitely have a wow factor!
What is your favourite dish to make?
Many fantastic sharing dishes like;  Salt dough Perthshire  shoulder of lamb with Persian lentil salad, Sumac spiced cauliflower heads with herbs,  pomegranates, yummy Pavlova with orange curd and caramelized apples. These are all perfect for any celebration.
Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?
Every time we come back to Kinkell Byre it is always a joy. Fantastic views, great space, lovely staff that are always very helpful. We have many happy memories at Kinkell Byre and cannot wait to make more.
If you need some help with planning a wedding or organising any other celebration check our instagram/facebook page for daily updates or contact Carole or Kasia at

We have a fantastic choice of on-site locations for your unique ceremony. Inside and outside!


Here at Kinkell we have 3 indoor and 3 outdoor locations for your ceremony. 

Indoor locations at Kinkell Byre:

Indoor Location 1.  Our most popular Ceremony option is in the “Tattie Shed”. This shed that was added to the Byre in more recent years for storing potatoes in the winter. This is why this part of the building looks different to the rest of the Byre and has very little natural light. 
The Tattie shed is a large square room with red brick walls and a tin roof. However, it is also home to the custom-built starlight canopy, which Kinkell is well known for. This beautiful lighting canopy was built by Stephen Leslie of i-light to create a striking focal point in what originally was a very industrial looking shed. 

The “Tattie Shed” can sit up to 200 guests comfortably for a ceremony and there are 3 different layouts in which you can choose from. 

The most popular is the “horse shoe”. This is when the chairs are positioned in a semi-circle facing the red brick wall. 

The second setup follows the flow of the canopy, sitting your guests in a full circle with the bride and groom saying their vows in the centre of the room. This is a very modern and unique setup for a wedding ceremony, which will leave your guests in awe and ensures that your wedding ceremony stands out from others.

The third and final setup in this room is a more traditional option with a long grand aisle for the bride to walk down with guests seated in rows at either side. At the bottom of the aisle the wall would typically be pipe and draped to create a beautiful white or coloured material backdrop adding a grand and luxurious look your wedding ceremony. 

Indoor Location 2. The Entrance. This area, as you may have guessed is typically used as the entrance but it is the most charming room in the building. With lots of natural light flooding down the walls and its simple church-like shape, this is the most traditional looking ceremony location at Kinkell Byre. This area can sit 80 people in the lowers section and an addition 40 seated in the raised section.

Indoor Location 3. The glass door located in the bar area is our newest feature added to the Byre and has given the venue a slight modern twist framing our amazing sea views. This area is ideal for a small wedding under 100 guests and will allow you to say your vows in front of our spectacular sea views while fully protected from the Scottish weather. 

Outdoor locations at Kinkell Byre:

Outdoor Location 1. The Country Garden with views of trees, a beautiful rustic field and an old 1800 water tower ruin forms a very pretty yet quirky setting for a ceremony. This lovely area is perfect for smaller, more intimate ceremonies.

Outdoor Location 2. There are two options outside the front of Kinkell Byre, which are the raised gravel area and the lower grass field. Both areas have breath-taking sea views. We are of course slightly biased, but I am sure many of you will agree that the view from outside Kinkell Byre is simply stunning and without a doubt one of the venue’s main features.

We have views right up the North East coast of Scotland, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Red Head and as far as Cruden Bay visible on a clear day. We are blessed with a unique micro-climate here on the east coast of Fife, granting us as many sunny days as the south of England, it’s surprising we do not see more ceremonies taking place outside!

Outdoor Location 3. Woodland Backdrop. This is an area that we have not yet had a ceremony but it would be STUNNING! For romantic boho wedding vibes we have the perfect wild flower garden which sits in front of the woodland area at Kinkell. This area would be simple yet beautiful and require very little or no decor. It is quite a small area meaning it would be best for ceremonies under 80 people.  

For more outside ceremony inspiration check out our Outdoor Ceremony Blog.

Advice from a professional florist

We got together with an amazing florist who we see quite often here at Kinkell Byre, Blue Poppy Flowers. People regularly ask us about flowers and wedding floral arrangements, but it’s actually a subject we don’t actually know too much about! So with this in mind today’s blog has been put together to help us all out, with some amazing advice and information from a professional wedding flower specialist.

Question time with Cath, from Blue Poppy Florist:

What should a couple consider when searching for their perfect florists? (Are all florists the same?)

It’s important that you find the right florist for you. Each florist has their own style. You can get a good idea from looking at their website or social media. This way you can find someone who is on the same wavelength as you.

Our style is natural, leafy, colourful and garden-inspired. This style works perfectly with barn venues like Kinkell. We update our Instagram regularly (@bluepoppyflorist)
For a lot of couples flowers are not something they know much about. How do
you know what you want/can have?

It’s fine if you don’t know your flowers. We wouldn’t expect you to know everything- that’s our job. It’s more important that we get an idea of your style. Photos are really helpful as we can see immediately the look you want to achieve e.g festival, woodland, leafy or romantic and then we can guide you through the options and flower choices.

Does time of year of a couple’s wedding dictate what flowers they can have?

Yes, to an extent. You can get flowers out of season but they can be hugely pricey and can be of low quality. It is better to look at the seasonal varieties and colours available.

What is the cost of wedding flowers?

The total cost will include the following: flowers, VAT, sundries (e.g ribbons, foam, pins), packaging, containers, insurance, staff wages, vehicles, mileage. We tend to decorate larger wedding venues for which we can be arranging upwards of 1500 stems, so florist’s time is a big factor. Most weddings take our base team (of 4 people) a minimum of 90 hours in total. That’s a lot of flowering!

We create completely bespoke designs so there is no set price. We do have a minimum spend of £1200 to cover our costs. For a quote you can get in touch via the contact form on the website www.bluepoppyflorist.com.

How can a couple save money on their flowers or make their budget go further?

We always do an itemised quote for all arrangements on your wish-list initially. If that comes to over your budget we look at options. I would suggest going for a few key high impact arrangements over lots of little arrangements everywhere. Also reusing ceremony
arrangements in the reception area is a good way to save money e.g aisle flowers and candles can be used to create a lovely top table display.

To save money you can DIY some things if you are confident and have plenty time. Sometimes couples will DIY little jars to dot around tables etc and we do the bouquets
and bigger arrangements such as arches, ceremony arrangements.

What is the process after booking?

After booking us for your wedding flowers, we are on hand to answer any questions over email. Usually I would suggest a meeting at the venue at some point before your wedding where we can discuss arrangements. If you don’t live in the country, we
arrange wedding flowers over email/phone.

Dates usually book up a year in advance so it’s likely you will see new ideas in the interim. It’s fine to a change a few arrangements along the way and we can re-quote for
these. We ask for the final order to be confirmed 1 month before the wedding although understand you may need extra emergency buttonholes for a family member or friend
you have forgotten about.

About Kinkell – What do you like about Kinkell, what works best and what are your favourite things to do at Kinkell?

Kinkell is a truly unique venue which is not comparable to any other. It’s amazing to see the space starting as a beautiful, blank canvas (with only Archie the highland coo as
décor) transformed to a twinkly wonderland. Our favourite part of the set-up is seeing family and friends come into the venue and hearing the gasps and seeing the joyful
reactions. There is no doubt Kinkell has the wow factor!

For us it is about enhancing the space, not hiding it. We love to dress the beautiful stone doorways with cascades of greenery and flowers. One of our favourite arrangements to
create are hanging flowers. These look really magical in the ceremony area or above the top table. We love to use colour and feel it really brings the space to life. If colour isn’t
your thing incorporate lots of greenery for impact.

We are lucky enough to be doing the flowers at Kinkell at least once a month so we know every nook and cranny- what works well and what makes impact. Flowers add life
and warmth to the space and we always try to bring the feel of the garden indoors. The finishing touch is the lighting. The i-light team spend hours creating the perfect lighting
which transforms the area into a fairy-tale venue.

What services do you offer?

We offer all flower arrangements ranging from wired hair flowers up to large scale installations and everything inbetween. We also hire props as part of our floral
arrangements e.g milk churns, woodland props, rustic crates, vases, candles etc. Our delivery, set up and removal service is always included. That way you can relax and
enjoy yourselves before and after the wedding.

What is Blue Poppy’s story?

We started selling garden flowers at farmers’ markets and Christmas stalls 6 years ago and steadily grew as a business over time. Although we started doing all florist work we
now specialise in weddings due to demand. To date we have provided flowers for over 200 weddings.

We are a little different to the usual florist as we also have a family flower farming business. From April-October, we grow thousands of flowers in a 2 acre garden which are added to our arrangements.

We really do love our job. Meeting our couples, listening to their plans and bringing their ideas to life is an incredible honour. Every week we enter the workshop bursting with enthusiasm and ready to create something beautiful and unique.

And finally, Cath’s personal advice on what type of flowers to have at your wedding:

Go with the season and you will always have beautiful, timeless wedding flowers! In Spring, use delicate scented bulbs and blossom; in summer, wild flowers, roses and sweet peas; in autumn rich coloured dahlias and textures look amazing and in winter, the warm glow of candles amongst garlands and pinecones provide simple elegance.

All images are of work that Blue Poppy Flowers did for a wedding in May 2018 here at Kinkell Brye. Images are by Robin at i-light.


We have a preferred bar supplier and here are the reasons why.

Our preferred bar supplier – Event Bars St Andrews

Here at Kinkell Byre we have decided to have a set bar supplier, Event Bars St Andrews. Event Bars is run by two gentlemen, Brian and Ross who we have come to know very well. 

By having a set bar supplier, we feel this gives our clients a bar set up which appears to be a permanent feature and also provides a very high standard bar service without sacrificing the flexibility of the venue. 

What do they offer that other mobile bar companies don’t? 

Well… Event bars are based here at Kinkell Byre so this means that it works out cheaper for the client. They also have all their stock on site which allows them to stock more,

They have over 45 different gins in stock as well as 35 different malt whiskys!!

Stocking ‘Big Al’s Pale Ale’!
Named after the 17yr old pet bullock at Kinkell Byre, hand reared since being orphaned at birth!
Many thanks to St Andrews Brewing Co. for producing this stunning ale!

How it works 

The way Event Bars work is pretty straightforward really. As long as you have more than 100 adult guests attending your wedding there is no charge for their services. If however you have less than 100 adults attending there is a small setup fee applied which is in place to ensure they cover all of their costs.

They will provide and install a fully equipped bar which includes draught Tennents, Guinness and, depending on guest numbers, a real ale from St Andrews Brewing Company.
The extensive drinks list includes approximately 40 different gins, 30 malt whiskies as well as various vodkas, rums, bottled beers/ales, ciders etc.

Event Bars can also proudly boast to having their very own bottled ale, named ‘Big Al’s Pale Ale’ ,which is brewed in memory of the much loved pet bullock, here at Kinkell Byre.

As well as the bar provision, Event Bars also offer another great service which has proved to be extremely popular…

They can supply you with fantastic wines and fizz for the reception and breakfast at extremely affordable prices. They take care of the ordering, delivery and chilling of the wines so it is one less thing for you to think/worry about. Added to this, they will happily advise you on quantities required and can even offer you samples to try at your leisure!!

Their wine list is comprehensive to say the least and definitely worth considering!

Get in touch 

If you are planning a Kinkell Byre wedding, here is how to get in touch with Event Bars St Andrews. 

Brian Scott Telephone 07803 034764
Ross Methven Telephone 07763 878044
info@eventbarsstandrews.co.uk
www.eventbarsstandrews.co.uk

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