“One of the oldest established and highest quality Country House Hotels in Scotland. This idyllic turreted mansion house, set in 10 acres of award-winning gardens within the town boundary of St. Andrews and minutes from the Golf Course and Beaches, has been in the same family ownership since 1952. Rufflets offers a wide range of accommodation options, with 24 individually designed bedrooms and two self contained 4 star self catering lodges in the grounds, making the hotel a favourite for weekend and short breaks. The elegant and spacious Terrace Restaurant is a favourite with residents of St.Andrews and the surrounding area. Perfect for a romantic dinner for two or for a larger family gathering, the hotel’s own garden supplies much of the fresh produce used in the seasonally changing menus. Golf, of course, is the main attraction. St Andrews may be the acclaimed ‘home of golf ‘ but the medieval town also offers excellent shopping, art galleries, theatre and museums. Our renowned service and attention to detail make the hotel a favourite for Weddings, Civil Marriages and corporate events. Regarded as one of finest hotels in St Andrews, Rufflets has been awarded 4 Red Stars by the AA and 4 Gold Stars by Visit Scotland and is the Top Rated luxury hotel in St Andrews with Trip Advisor.” See More….
Here, my duties included dining and bar service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I learned the basics of the trade including product knowledge, wine service and customer profiling.
A great experience living on site and catering for special events, weddings and business functions. Especially exciting was when we catered during the Dunhill Cup and looking after various celebrities and golfers.
One day that specifically stood out for me was during a typical Scottish summer. We were woken from our sleep in the staff dorms at 6am to find a storm had blown half of the wedding marquee down. Half the tables, crockery and glassware had been blown over so there was no way of serving a wedding of 110 people as planned.
30 minutes later the management had found another venue to do the catering so it was all hands on deck. We transported the remaining equipment over to the other venue and set up a function from scratch in the space of 4 hours.
The bride and groom had a fantastic day and I remember we didn’t stop working until 2am. (stopping at 8pm for fish and chips with a few pints)
It was a great team at Rufflets and this was a good base to build from in my hospitality career.