You can take Old Kilmun and be entirely self-sufficient for catering, or you
can stay with us and never lift a finger. Or you can mix between
self-catering for some meals, and catered for others. We have put together
a team of caterers - all known to us for years, all trusted and highly
recommended, who will deliver to your budget and taste.
Karen, Jenny and Iain are all great cooks and they can do anything from £15
per head buffets, barbecues and hearty suppers, £25 to £35 formally served
three course meals, up to seven course tasting menus for £50 or £60 - and
anything in between.
You can also arrange a residential chef to come in and cook breakfast, lunch
and supper for you, at a cost of anywhere between £250 and £500 a day plus
ingredients, depending on the menu and numbers.
Old Kilmun House is most often booked on a pure self-catering basis. But not
everyone loves peeling vegetables for a party of 20 or more, and we know
some people can do with the occasional break, or special occasional help.
For a posh night in, rather than out, drinking your own wine in our stunning
dining room and not having to drive, using a chef from our chef selection is
often the best answer.
We have spoken to dozens of catering companies around Scotland before
alighting on our current selection of three chefs as our preferred partners.
Their philosophy of value for money, whatever your budget, and of using the
best local ingredients whatever they are cooking, chimes with our own values
for Ormidale. We have agreed a pricing structure with them that pretty much
guarantees they will never be beaten on price, so that you as our customers
are guaranteed the best possible value, as well as a top quality friendly
We are in one of the best areas of the entire world for sea food - indeed
Argyll as a larder is increasingly recognised by foodies all over the
country. Stunning hand-dived scallops, the best local venison, a gorgeous
range of smoked products from the Argyll smoked house, succulent Scotch
beef. It's your taste, your budget, and your culinary preference, that
determines the menu.
We are also trialling the offer of a half-way house for you in 2016, which
enables you to dine on our tasty range of chef-prepared dishes - usually
cooked in our catering kitchen in Ormidale - which are cooked from the
freshest and best local ingredients and then either left in the fridge for
you, or immediately frozen, here on site. The Ormidale Six Appeal Larder is
deliberately limited in the range of dishes offered but offers great value
as well as convenience. You can choose from a generous Fish Pie topped with
creamy mash, a delicious herb-laden Lasagne, a rich pastry-topped
slow-cooked Steak Pie, and a spicy Chicken Curry - plus two really lovely
vegetarian options, of Veggie Lasagne and a Veggie & Chick Pea Curry. All
fresh cooked prepared in generous servings for six people, these can be an
ideal first night treat, or a great lunch, or just an easy, chef-quality
option whenever you can't be bothered to chop another carrot or peel another
spud. Each of the six dishes serves six and costs £33.
Our starter options are equally simple and delicious. A bowl of gorgeous
smoked mackerel pate with a hint of horseradish, a smooth slab of rich
chicken liver pate, and a delicious tricolor vegetarian terrine. We also do
three separate soups - a rich lentil and roasted veg broth, a classic carrot
and coriander, and a subtly spiced Thai chicken soup. Again we offer these
on a fresh cooked, fresh frozen basis, along with a selection of bread
rolls. We charge £12.00 for any starter.
For puddings you can choose from another range of six delicious options -
from a light Panna Cotta with Wild Berry Sauce, a Creamy Chocolate Zuccotto
Cake, a comforting Sherry-rich English Trifle, a Coffee & Brandy infused
Tiramasu, a gorgeous lemon-sharp Cheesecake, and a Marmalade Bread & Butter
Pudding with dark Chocolate Sauce. Each pudding for serving six is £15.00.