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Case Study Heritage site to become sustainable tourist destination An exciting new restaurant and tourist destination is to open in the heart of Craufurdland Castle and Country Estate, near Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, that will put sustainability and heritage at the heart of its operations.

The Laird’s Table will offer tasty, locally sourced food all day in a unique and beautiful location with unmatched views across the private loch on its doorstep. The aptly named restaurant is a £0.5 million project run by the current Laird and the Craufurd family themselves, owners of the estate since 1245. The Laird and Leddy’s passion for sustainability will be demonstrated through every aspect of the build and operations, while the history and culture that the estate is steeped in will be respectfully displayed in innovative ways as décor in the restaurant.

“Every inch of the project is designed to tell a story,” says the current Laird, Simon Houison Craufurd, “and the estate has a lot of tales to tell.” A few of the stories:

- Sustainable: The building itself is a modular structure made from recycled materials, and tables in the restaurant have been hand-crafted by the estate’s groundsmen from a horse-chestnut tree that fell during a storm in 2017. The cladding been milled locally from trees from the estate.

- Historical: Family memorabilia and historical artefacts – even antique clothing from the ancestors who once lived at the castle, will be used in the décor of the restaurant walls.

- Local: The family are working with local producers to ensure that the food grown or sourced within a few miles of your plate. The tables are all named from local and estae landmarks.

- Community: The ‘Laird’s Limo’ – a 9-seater Landrover Defender – will ferry groups to and from the restaurant, acting as a free taxi for locals and visitors.

- Family: You are as likely to be served your meal by the Craufurds themselves as by one of their team, as the family will be working in various roles throughout the business.

- Environmental: Every aspect has been considered – from water source heat pumps for heat, solar panels for electricity, electric car charging points, and even worms for recycling food waste!* The restaurant aims to leave the smallest footprint on the environment possible.

“My aspiration has always been to open up Craufurdland so people can enjoy and discover its treasures the way our family have for generations” says Simon.

With that in mind, the Laird’s Table will welcome everyone – couples, families, young children, fussy eaters and muddy adventurers. The children’s menu has been developed to offer good quality food that kids will love, and parents will be happy to order. Even dogs are welcome, and can dine in their own special area while their owners enjoy a rest.

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