Nestled at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, in the West Highlands among the glens, lochs and mountains of Scotland, is Inverlochy Castle. The baronial home was built by James Scarlett, the First Lord Abinger. It is about 2 miles from the site of the original 13th century fortress. In 1873 Queen Victoria spent a week there sketching and drawing and said “I never saw a lovelier or romantic spot.” In 1969 the castle was converted from a private residence to a country house hotel.
Deane’s is the culinary home of the eponymous Michael Deane. After a number of years working in Claridges in London, the Lisburn-born Deane returned to Northern Ireland. In 1993 he opened Deane’s on the Square in Helen’s Bay, County Down. In 1997 he opened his two story establishment in Belfast’s city centre, with Restaurant Michael Deane upstairs and Deane’s Brasserie downstairs. The same year the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star and has held it ever since. It is the only Michelin starred restaurant in Northern Ireland. It also holds four AA rosettes.