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
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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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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 171 reviews.

Adrian
September 2021
The tour with John was extraordinary. The stories he told were very personal and inspiring. Starting up a business from zero and being so passionate about it is inspiring. The fantastic food was the cherry on top. If you have the chance to step in, just do it!
Phill
September 2021
John is clearly passionate about food and salmon in particular, small group size kept it personal and very interesting, food tasting was exceptional, i would highly recommend this tour and experience. Many thanks Phill & Jenny
Jacob
September 2021
If you are looking for a truly fun, unique, interesting and delicious experience then this is for you. The Isle of Skye is a feast for the eyes and what better way to get to know a place than to enjoy a tasting of some of the best from the local larder in a beautiful coastal home? Chef John is an excellent story teller and his passion for what he is creating is palpable. This was inspiring, entertaining and delicious!
Angela
September 2021
Great couple of hours , the storytelling , seeing how the salmon is done & food tasting was fabulous . Remember your midge repellent though
Sandra
September 2021
Really interesting history and process of smoked salmon John was passionate about his work that was clear to see, the food we had was amazing Would recommend I look forward to trying the salmon when I get home!
Sue
September 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, hearing about John's career path that lead him to smoking salmon on Skye was fascinating. Lots of information and lots of treats - thank you!

Choose from available dates

8 available
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  • Tue, 28 Sept
    13:30 - 15:30
    £45 per person
  • Wed, 29 Sept
    13:30 - 15:30
    £45 per person
  • Tue, 5 Oct
    11:30 - 13:30
    Join 3 other guests
    £45 per person
  • Tue, 5 Oct
    13:30 - 15:30
    £45 per person
  • Wed, 6 Oct
    11:30 - 13:30
    £45 per person
  • Wed, 6 Oct
    13:30 - 15:30
    £45 per person
  • Thu, 7 Oct
    11:30 - 13:30
    Join 2 other guests
    £45 per person
  • Thu, 7 Oct
    13:30 - 15:30
    £45 per person

Things to know

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

Umbrella

Flat shoes