It's been a great year...
As the year draws to a close, we have been reminiscing over 2017. This year has definitely been one one of the best for Tailend. We have had so many wonderful highs as a business.
We have held many fabulous events, won some amazing awards, officially opened Tailend Dundee and met some new amazing friends.
Here is a look back at some of the amazing highlights of 2017.
Thank you so much for your continued support, heres to 2018 and another successful year!!
Right at the beginning of the year we kicked off with a great event, 'Burns on the Beach' a mix of Australia day and Burns Night with a battle between wine and beer.
In February we finally opened Tailend Dundee! After a couple years of extreme renovation we turned a derelict basement into a beautiful, modern restaurant that we hope will build as many fond memories with the people of Dundee, just as 'The Deep Sea' before us has done.
In March we were delighted to have won Best Business in Fife by the Scottish Retail Awards. This then put it us into the grand finals where every regional winner attended an award ceremony in Glasgow....
...which we won!!! We won Best Restaurant in Scotland 2017!
This couldn't of been more of a surprise and we were so thrilled and proud to receive such an incredible award with so many other fantastic businesses in the running. Hopefully we will do well again next year!
We then launched our first ever Chefs Table Menu, 5 amazing, seasonal courses with optional matching flight (specifically designed by our friends at Luvians Bottle Shop). We now have a new menu launching next year!! P.S For a limited time you can book a table of 6 at a bargain price at Itison.com!!
We also held events gorgeous dining events for the Wine Society and and a seafood and sherry evening with Luvians St Andrews. Using some of St Andrews finest local producers we sent out some delicious menus for our guests.
One of our tastiest events yet..... Asian Fusion. Maybe one of our most popular events to date, something we may have to do again in 2018!!
And of course our first ever event at Tailend Dundee. In collaboration with Ogilvy Vodka!! A gorgeous set menu with Ogilvy Vodka flight. For our first event this was a huge success. We created a great friendship with the guys from Ogilvy and designed some really tasty dishes!!
Tailend Dundee was also nominated in this years Scottish Business Awards! A huge achievement considering how early on we are. Hopefully next year we can bring home an award!
One of our proudest moments of 2017 was supporting our friends at Tobys Magical Journey. For Childhood cancer awareness month we raised money all month and held a party for Toby and his friends to come and have some delish food, enjoy some entertainment and just forget about their treatment for a little while.
At the end of the month we had raised £1700 for this incredible charity. To learn more about the charity or to give a donation please visit Tobys Magical Journey.
In November we supported Tay Fms Mission Christmas. An appeal for gifts to give to under privileged children around Tayside and Fife. Some families really struggle with the financial side to Christmas. So Mission Christmas makes it possible for every child to wake up to presents from Santa.
To raise money we held a 5 course gin tasting event with Eden Mill. There was tastings of Eden Mills new gins, All 5 of our courses were paired an Eden Gin and we held a raffle with many fantastic prizes from local businesses in and around Dundee and all our guests left with a fab goodie bag with gifts from Bon Accord, Eden Mill and ourselves. This event was great fun and something we would love to do again. Especially when proceeds to go to such an incredible cause.
In november we also attended Savour St Andrews Chefs Taster Lunch at the Old Course hotel. This is where top chefs and food and drink businesses from in and around St Andrews joined forces for an afternoon of fabulous food & fantastic fun! For our offering we prepared a delicious cured Scottish Salmon.
We used local a gin from Darnley's, based in Kingsbarns, Fife. We chose to cure in Darnley's Spiced Gin. Pulling the warm tones, nutmeg & cinnamon from the Gin through the salmon. For the Salmon, we served with Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Radish & Samphire & Yuzu Pearls.
We have done so much this year and we can only hope to continue doing so in 2018!!
None of this would be happening without the amazing and continued support from all our customers. Thank you all so so much!
We are already planning some great events for next year so make sure and follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram to keep up to date with all the latest events.
Wishing you all the best New Years and a brilliant 2018!! #LoveTailend
On Saturday the 25th of November Tailend transformed itself from seafood restaurant to gin grotto!
We had a beautiful botanical table. Showcasing all our chosen garnishes, from honey and blue berries to fresh mint and lemon. We also offered our guests samples of local, Bon Accord tonics which pairs just perfectly to the Gin. Steve McKay, Eden Mills amazing Brand Ambassador was also giving tasters of the new Blend works Gin, so delicious and of course were a huge hit with our guests.
This evenings menu was created with a Mediterranean flare, using warm flavours and hearty, gently spiced food. A beautiful contrast to the cold, wet weather outside.
On arrival we offered our guests a delicious cocktail of Eden Mill Love Gin and Prosecco, garnished with a fresh raspberry. This was a great start to an evening of fantastic gins and incredible food - if we do say so ourselves.
To accompany the cocktail we served our guests confit monkfish with tomato salsa and coriander, fantastic and the perfect entry, starting the evening off with a bang!!
For first course we served seared scallop, crispy serrano ham, chorizo sauce and herb dressing. We have decided to use the award-winning Hop Gin twice in the menu this evening. The botanicals in this gin just match perfectly to our menu.
For the second course we served a spicy sea bream taco, red slaw, avocado & scallions. We paired this with original gin W’ lemongrass & lime.
This delicious dish is our take on everyone’s favourite Mexican staple; Tacos! We decided to show case sea bream tonight on this evenings menu. This dish is made so that you can easily recreate this at home. It’s so simple but so amazing!
The original gin was the best choice for this dish as the citrus notes found in the gin help add a sweet element and the lemon balm in the botanic’s works with the lemongrass we have used a garnish.
Again, this helps work as a palette cleanser meaning these flavour packed dishes do not become to over powering for the gin.
For the third course we offered a delish seafood Stew. Made with Squid, Clams, Mussels & Haddock served with Hop Gin W’ Coriander.
This hearty seafood stew is a truly comforting, perfect on these cold, dark nights.
The apricot found in the gin helps balance out the spices found in the seafood stew and gives a slightly sweet note. The beautiful aromatic coriander matches perfectly with the gin and marries together the botanicals in the Hop and the flavours from the stew to all work together as one beautiful course.
The fourth course served was Golf Gin Jelly with Pink Peppercorns, Grapefruit & Basil
This course has been created as a palette cleanser to help lead on from the hearty stew to the decadent dessert. The floral notes from the Basil and sweet hickory wood from the gin create the perfect stepping stone from savoury to sweet. The pink peppercorn not only adds a beautiful bit of colour it also stops the dish from becoming too sweet.
This dish is a little bit extra special as the Golf Gin is now no longer in production and is fast becoming very hard to get a hold of.
So, this fun little intermediate course is our way of saying goodbye to a truly delicious gin! We’re looking forward to what the masterminds at Eden come up with for the next golf gin.
Sticky Toffee Pudding & Marmalade paired with Oak Gin W’ Orange
For our final course we served this delicious sticky toffee pudding is the only choice of dessert at this time of year.
This rich oak spiced gin with notes of caramel, vanilla, and a touch of fudge was almost made for Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is a truly decadent, rich tasting dessert. Paired together with sweet but sharp orange it was just wonderful.
During the evening we also held a charity raffle with all proceeds going to Tay Fm's, Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas. Helping underprivileged children in Tayside and Fife, ensuring all children will wake up to presents on Christmas Day!!
A huge thank you to all the businesses who donated to our raffle, you really helped us raise money and awareness to a fabulous cause.
New Picture House St Andrews
Dundee Ice Arena
If you would like to find out more about Mission Christmas please click the link below.
Tay Fm's Mission Christmas
We hope all our guests enjoyed the evening as much as we enjoyed hosting it. Follow our social media below to find out about our next events at either our St Andrews or Dundees restaurants.
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