... I have operated a high-end Country Inn and restaurant for the past ten years and I know the issues behind maintaining and keeping a facility like this. Your efforts are extraordinary. The quality and freshness of the food, the flexibility and great positive attitude towards our dining needs have been a key element in making this an incredible family holiday.
I cannot recommend John Boyd more highly. His standard of cooking is consistently of the highest no matter the numbers involved, his repertoire is immense and he is always more than happy to try new ideas. He is a joy to have in the house, has a great knack with others, always cheerful and gives the appearance of being almost unflappable…
Miracles do happen and dreams do come true.
With the castle’s accomplished chef turning out traditional cuisine (local salmon with thyme beurre blanc, fillet of lamb and roast beef were among the standouts), I had little reason to venture beyond the castle gates.
... having dined in the finest restaurants throughout France, and nearly all of Europe, much of South America, Asia and the Caribbean… the 16 of us bring strong opinions and not a little experience in the kitchen… John and his staff shone from every beautiful breakfast through inspired lunches and dinners that should by rights have been committed to film to preserve their perfection… “The meals – what did we do to deserve such magnificent meals?”
You helped make our evening absolutely what I was hoping for, the food was superb! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone.
We used John and the Dining In team to cater for our wedding in Arran (at Brodick Castle and then at the Big Wooden House) and we cannot give enough praise to John and his staff for their professionalism, dedication to providing and serving the very best food in the most beautiful, elegant manner. Our food was delicious and wonderfully presented. John and his staff were friendly, courteous and a pleasure to have at our wedding. All our guests commented on the wonderful food, which praise John accepted very humbly. John at Dining In definately contributed to making our wedding a truly memorable day and we would highly recommend him for any event where he will add a touch of class as well as wonderful food and service.
John cooked a superb dinner for a special celebration. We had scallops for starter, a fabulous duck ballotin and as we've eaten all over the world we know his chocolate and chestnut roulade was exceptional! I can't recommend him highly enough.
What a superb dinner we had! The beef fillet with wild mushrooms was outstanding and the service from the "A Team" couldn't have been better.
Thank you for the fantastic weekend. The setting and dinners were perfect!
Dear John, once again many thanks indeed for taking such good care of us with delicious food and service. You made or day even more special. Best wishes.
Thanks for all your efforts. We really appreciate your warmheartedness, dedication and experience!
John provided us with the most fantastic buffet for our wedding in August 2014. All our guests raved about his food . On a personal level it was a pleasure dealing with John who made the day run so smoothly . We would highly recommend John and hope we have a chance to sample his culinary delights again !!
Debbie and Stevie
Many thanks to John for his first class catering at my 60th Birthday Dinner at Castle Lodge. In total, eight of us sat round the dinner table and were waited on by Kirste as we all enjoyed the lovely three course meal John prepared, swallowed down with some lovely red and white wines.
I would recommend John in the first instance and certainly use his services again when back in Arran. Thank you John and Kirstie
Best wishes —– Phil
It was lovely to meet you on Saturday night. Just wanted to thank you very much for the fantastic meal you cooked for us - everything was delicious and so fresh and everyone loved it. I do appreciate what you did for us. We loved our stay on Arran and the weather was a bonus. Thank you once again and hope we will be able to do it again sometime.
Thank you John for making a family birthday celebration so perfect. The setting was wonderful and the food absolutely delicious. I would especially like to thank you for taking the time and effort to provide for our vegan guests who were totally overwhelmed by the flavours and the quality of all their courses. We can't recommend your service highly enough! We can't wait to have this experience all over again and will be in contact when we are next on the Isle of Arran. Thanks again!
Just a line to thank you for all your hard work last weekend for my party. The food was exceptional and my guests were very impressed with the high standard of the buffet. I hope further business opportunities arise from the event.
A suberb birthday buffet lunch for 35. The choice of dishes was amazing it was difficult to choose but what we chose was all very delicious. The feed back from our guests was "What a fantastic meal and who was the chef?!!" Thank you John and of course Alexia who added the glamour!
... it meant a lot to experience a true, old-fashioned, fantastic feast for four days. Not since the old cook cooked up a storm in 1961 have I eaten so much and so well.
We're having an amazing honeymoon enjoying the best dinners New York and New Orleans have to offer! Thank you so much for your hard work to make our wedding so special -we'll send photos soon. With very best wishes, Susie
I'd like to say a very big thank you for the wonderful meal you delivered to the Big Beach House last Saturday evening. Everyone really enjoyed the food and it helped to make the birthday celebration for our daughter very special. Very much appreciated - many thanks.
Be sure and line up John, the chef recommended by the 3RD HOME host. He did a meal of local scallops, mussels, and then beef with Red Squirrel (local beer). It was to die for. Be sure and request this you will never forget it. And his famous dessert too, I can not stop thinking about it.
Thank you for a wonderful wedding meal everyone commented on how great the food was. We were delighted with the experience and ... we (all) thought that you did a great job.
...the food was excellent but your equanimity and cheerfulness throughout remains a marvel to us all - don't know how you did it! Meanwhile we all go home with V.P.L.
Thanks for the food yesterday. It was excellent. Everyone enjoyed it and the kids lunch boxes were very handy.
Thank you very much for providing such a delicious meal for our family gathering. The soup, roast beef, vegetables etc. were well cooked and enjoyed by all. The dessert looked almost too good to eat!!! Sincere thanks for contributing to a memorable occasion with a minimum of fuss. We will certainly recommend 'Dining In' on Arran.
Thank you so much to John, Genevieve and Beth for being so wonderful and help make our weekend so relaxing and enjoyable! The food was superb and everyone loved! The service was amazing so friendly and slick - everything went without a hitch allowing us to enjoy fabulous meals over the weekend without any prep or washing up - truly magical !!! Thank you so much for doing such a great job and we hope to see you soon again!
Dining In has been awarded a Pass* by North Ayrshire Council to certify that our food hygiene standards are up to the mark. You can see the record here:
and find more details on the Food Standards Agency website.