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About SMWS - Home Dining
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) is an international members club that bottles the world’s widest selection of exceptional and rare single cask, single malts for discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the world.
We like to think of ourselves as unconventional, adventurous – and a lot of fun.
This weeks home dining experience is a delicious 3 course menu highlighting the delicious flavours of our in venue dining experience. Again we pair each course with our amazing whiskies which have been expertly selected by our Whisky Host team. - and as always you can add a bottle of our exclusive whisky or wine on to your home dining order.
This was beautifully presented and the quality of the food was excellent. The chefs video presentation brought it to life.
smoked trout starter was delicous, the beef main course was lovely, although the potato side was a bit boring. The chocolate and olive oil dessert was very tasty, but chocolate desserts are a bit unadvetous. The whiskies were stunning
No recommendation for atmosphere as this review is for the at Home service. Great menu and yet again did not disappoint. We have had several of these meals during the various lockdowns and with the whisky it helped over the disappointment in not going out. No complaints. Wholeheartedly recommend.
Another fantastic meal with matching drams. Easy and fun to prepare with great video and printed instructions. For those of us who find it hard to get into Edinburgh or Glasgow its great to be able to enjoy the SMWS experience at home. Can’t wait to do another one.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the home dining experiences we have had - they have all been wonderful, and paired with some amazing drams! Please pass on my congratulations to James and his team for the consistent excellence of the menus.
James has done it again! A wonderful meal!
Great food as always and easy to follow recipe/instructions!
Fantastic food and superb pairing with the whisky! Loved it and will order again very soon.
A Fantastic meal that was easy too cook and plate up, especially after watching the video instructions from James Freeman. The whisky pairings complement the food really well, giving the experience of fine dining at home with fantastic Scottish ingredients and imaginative flavours.
Absolutely exquisite. We enjoyed every course! The salmon salad was deliciously flavourful, pairing perfectly with the peaty Highland Park. The ribeye steak was succulent and juicy, going perfectly with the artichoke purée and grilled vegetables. The choux pastry bun with peanut brittle was absolutely gorgeous - great texture and flavour all round.
Excellent dine at home meal & drams
Excellent as usual.
We have used Home Dining several times during lockdown. The meals have been excellent - top quality food superbly packaged and presented. A real treat in these difficult times.
My Home Dining was a treat for my husband's 70th birthday. The meal was delivered well insulated and with ice packs. All items were well labelled and ready to re-heat. The video on my phone gave me details on how to cook and serve each course so it looked like it had come straight from the restaurant kitchen. he whisky pairing added that little bit extra. We had a lovely meal without having to leave the house. Thank you. I would definitely order again.
Another brilliant meal! Full marks to Jamie, His video, as always, was very useful and a great help.
An excellent meal. The YouTube video giving preparation instructions allowed us have a restaurant quality presentation. It was delicious, interesting and visually appealing. The paired whiskies were superb.
Absolutely superb dishes. Very good instructional video too. With my sweet tooth the outstanding dish was the superb sweet. Stunningly good. Thank you.
What a great experience! Keep the good work and the delicious food going.
This is the fourth or fifth meal we have had through this offering, this was for a 10th anniversary meal. We started many months ago with the Lamb Navarin and thought it was truly excellent since when they have never let us or themselves down 👏👏 The old enigma where to start with praise and can you over do the accolades - a welcome conundrum 👍👍 The team have never failed to surprise with the exquisite little extras and imagination that goes into the flavour mixing and matching nor failed to delight with the quality of ingredients and attention to detail in preparation. James's tutorial videos are very professional and so helpful ensuring that we get the best out of the experience. This last one with the Asparagus starter and Pork main was particularly helpful as despite the preparation being very straightforward it would have been quite easy to mess up both courses without it. The food really is taking home dining to a very high standard and only leaves us becoming impatient to be able to return to Queen Street to eat out properly in the near future. Of course it is slightly what you make of it but these entice you to set up properly with decent china, wine et al which all makes for a better experience and atmosphere. Oh - that panacotta was to die for👍👍 Food par excellence - nothing more to say, except when do you open again😁😁
Being a distant member of the SMWS, but use it extensively when visiting Edinburgh, which is frequent, home dining brought the experience of Queens Street to your own table. Without doubt the quality of the food and its ease of preparation made it feel you were having a 5 star experience. Can’t wait to return, but would still like the home dining to continue to have the experience when you are unable to visit. Well done to all.
Wonderful food and so easy to prepare. The instructions and video links are really helpful. Good to learn about the whisky's paired with the food. This is my third Home Dining and highly recommend it.
I have enjoyed previous bar meals at the SMWS Queen Street and Vaults venues and rate the food, service and atmosphere consistently highly. This was my first taste of the fine dining offered by the SMWS, via their home dining service. This was a birthday treat and I was not disappointed. Firstly, the contents of the meal were delivered on schedule in a well insulated and cooled box, all securely packaged and clearly marked. I had ordered some additional drams and they had also been included alongside the food. A menu and notes on preparation of the food were provided. SMWS also sent a couple of YouTube videos on how to prepare and present the food and tasting notes for the accompanying whiskies. The food prep video was really helpful and I had no problem at all preparing the food and presenting it. Preparation actually meant no more than heating four items and then plating so it was very straightforward. The food itself was delicious. I am a 'healthy eater' and was initially sceptical that there was enough food to satisfy two people but I was wrong and there was plenty to go round. The quality of food was very high and I would say that our dining experience was the same as being served in a fine restaurant. My wife and I finished our meal comfortably full, having thoroughly enjoyed everything, including the whiskies. My personal preference is not to drink whisky until after a meal but I did give it a try and felt the whiskies were matched well to the food. I would thoroughly recommend the SMWS home dining service. Whilst it isn't cheap per se, it is still good value for what you get. Now, how long is it till my wife's birthday.....?
First two courses were wonderful. When preparing the third course (dessert), we noticed the label on the crumbs saying "Contains nuts". The overall allergy information for the meal didn't mention nuts, so we didn't know what kind of nuts were in it. My wife is allergic to some types of nuts, so it would've been nice for the allergen information to be more correct. It turned what should've/could've been a perfect experience into one that let us down a bit right at the end.
What a treat and a DELIGHT! An exercise in getting familiar with our member and guest experiences - I bought one of these Home Dining Experiences for 2. It was an absolute pleasure. Delicious, well put together and appropriately indulgent, with incredible whisky included, it was tremendous value for money. Bravo, Team SMWS Queen Street.
This about the fourth time we have purchased the Society dinner. We have never been disappointed. All three courses were exceptional. Portions were generous. The drams were delicious. Thank you Queen Street.