Isle of Skye Smokehouse Tour & Tasting

Highland, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by John

2 hours, Hosted in English
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Up to 6 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

**Bookings are subject to Covid 19 restrictions which are now slowly beginning to relax**
Isle of Skyes only Commerical smokehouse
A tour of the uniquely designed smokehouse is inspired to look like a traditional Scottish building called a cleit. A peat roof and stonewalled buildings from the bygone years. (Search on google St. Kilda and Cleit).
Learn how the local alder wood is prepared by hand using an axe and used to fire the smokehouse and to create the smoke. I will talk about the various techniques of hot and cold smoking, wet and dry curing.
Smell the secret 6 spice mix blend used in the current recipe to cure the salmon. Can you guess any of the spices?
Finally the best bit tasting, Sample 4 different canapes.
A twist on a Cullen Skink, Smoked salmon mousse on beetroot and blini, two additional tasting spoons.

Topics covered
Isle of Skye, the only commercial smokehouse
Wild salmon vs farmed salmon
Wood selection, why alder?
Dry and wet curing
Kitchen equipment
Smokehouse design, cleits
The smoking processes such as hot and cold techniques, temperatures ect

My products can be bought locally at:
Aros Centre (Portree)
The Top Shop (Broadford)
An Crubh ( Sleat)
Beths Deli (Balmacara)
Plockton Shores
Heb Shack (Uig)
Pottery by by Lenz Ceramics https://www.lenz-ceramics
**Bookings are subject to Covid 19 restrictions which are now slowly beginning to relax**
Isle of Skyes only Commerical smokehouse
A tour of the uniquely designed smokehouse is inspired to look like a traditional Scottish building called a cleit. A peat roof and stonewalled buildings from the bygone years. (Search on google St. Kilda and Cleit).
Learn how the local alder wood is prepared by hand using an axe and used to fire the…

What's included

  • Food
    4 Canapes of smoked produce.
  • Drinks
    Tea & coffee or soft drink.

Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 138 Reviews
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The award-winning, Isle of Skye Smokehouse was launched in 2017 by John Corfield who’s passion and dedication for excellence was forged from his time working as a Chef at the Ritz Hotel and Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in London.

With 10 year's professional cheffing experience and 8 years running Scalpay View B&B the opening of the smokehouse was a logical progression after perfecting the art of hot smoking salmon for his B&B guests. The business is a relatively new startup home business. Already picking up awards for the Alder Hot Smoked Salmon and supplying high-end hotels and restaurants throughout Skye and Lochlash.
The award-winning, Isle of Skye Smokehouse was launched in 2017 by John Corfield who’s passion and dedication for excellence was forged from his time working as a Chef at the Ritz Hotel and Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin Star Restaurant in London.

With 10 year's professional cheffing experience and 8 years running Scalpay View B&B the opening of the smokehouse was a logical progression after perfecting the art of hot smoking salmon for his B&B guests. The business is a relatively new star…
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Tue, 17 Aug
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Tue, 17 Aug
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Wed, 18 Aug
£45 per person
09:30 - 11:30
Join 2 other guests
£45 per person

Where you'll be

You will visit the external workings of the smokehouse and a tour outside the kitchen. Also we will have a talk about the smoking processes. Canapes and drinks in the lounge of our B&B overlooking the sea loch and Isle of Scalpay. Might be outside on good weather days. Look out for the resident otters. Due to strict food hygiene practice, there will be no access inside the kitchen area or smokehouse. Don't worry this won't detract from the tour.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 138 reviews.

Scott
July 2021
Fantastic and very tasty platter of food. We enjoyed hearing John’s life story that gave a glimpse into the world of working with Top Chefs
Elizabeth
July 2021
John is living the Scottish dream: smoking delicious salmon in the most picturesque location. This experience got me so excited about the hard work involved in learning and executing a wonderful trade. I left this experience so inspired to try new things.
John is living the Scottish dream: smoking delicious salmon in the most picturesque location. This experience got me so excited about the hard work involved in learning and executi…
Fiona
July 2021
John is an engaging host who is a great storyteller and has a great passion for what he does. The background to how he came to be doing what he does was fascinating and his passion to create a quality product shines through. The tour of his custom kitchen and hand built smokehouse (cleit) was fantastic. Finally the tasting portion of the tour, sitting outside looking across the water to Scalpay was exceptional. All elements of the tasting were delicious and wonderfully presented! I would highly recommend this tour and John’s hot and cold smoked salmon. The best I have tasted!
John is an engaging host who is a great storyteller and has a great passion for what he does. The background to how he came to be doing what he does was fascinating and his passio…
Andrew
July 2021
John is a great host, who made us very welcome, he is very informative about the smokery and his journey to get there, the tasting was superb, set in an excellent location made all the better by the great weather to go with it, the exquisite flavours were a treat for the tastebuds, if you like your smoked fish, then this is a must on your visit to Skye.
John is a great host, who made us very welcome, he is very informative about the smokery and his journey to get there, the tasting was superb, set in an excellent location made all…
Lesley
June 2021
Really interesting and passionate host. The story of the Smokes House is as fascinating as the process of smoking fish. To finish you get to try the product in a variety of ways. It’s excellent. The food was beautifully presented, tasted amazing and John was funny, warm and clearly very talented.
Really interesting and passionate host. The story of the Smokes House is as fascinating as the process of smoking fish. To finish you get to try the product in a variety of ways. I…
Bryony
June 2021
It was very informative and enjoyable. John tells his story well, explains all about the process involved and the tasting platter was delicious. It all came together in the perfect setting to make an experience I would happily recommend.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

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