Speyside comes to Notting Hill

A well-connected watering hole in Notting Hill is to reopen as a Scottish restaurant and whisky bar later this month. The Walmer Castle in Ledbury Road – a hop and skip away from Brett Graham’s celebrated restaurant The Ledbury – will serve classic Scottish meals in its ground-floor dining room and more than 100 whiskies in the Spey Bar upstairs.

The pub was bought in 2018 by David Beckham and Guy Ritchie in a high-profile deal reportedly worth £3million, and is now being run by Ritchie’s friend Piers Adam, with whom he owns The Punchbowl in Mayfair. Adam founded Mahiki tiki bar and owns the Craigellachie Hotel on Speyside, billed as the world’s oldest whisky hotel whose Quaich Bar serves 1,000 whiskies.

The hotel’s chef and general manager, Will Halsall, is overseeing the Walmer Castle menu, which will feature steaks and haggis from Speyside, venison from the nearby Kellas estate and Highland wagyu beef, plus Scottish cheeses and cranachan pudding.

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