25 July 2016
50,000 HONEY BEES BUZZING AT THE BALMORAL
Over 50,000 honey bees have been busy working hard to produce home-grown honey which will be served to guests at The Balmoral, Edinburgh’s iconic Rocco Forte hotel.
The colony of Italian honey bees checked in to their hive on the rooftop of The Balmoral in Spring and started work ahead of the busy Summer season. Now the bees have been producing honey, guests are guaranteed to enjoy a sweet treat during their stay.
The Balmoral is the first five-star hotel in the city to welcome bees as permanent guests and has been working with bee keeper Brian Pool at Scottish Honey to ensure that the bees have settled well into their rooftop hive. Brian said:
“The bees are enjoying their new home high above the Edinburgh skyline. The conditions are excellent and they’ve been travelling to Calton Hill, the Botanic Gardens and Arthur’s Seat to collect nectar and pollen. So far the bees have produced 20kg of honey and look set to continue working hard through the summer months.”
Brian has been training the team at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Number One, to ensure that there’s always someone on-site to look after the hive. The Number One team will work with Brian to oversee the production and ensure that each of the hotel’s restaurants and bars receive their fair share of honey.
Number One Head Chef, Brian Grigor, said:
“We’re thrilled to be working with Scottish Honey on this collaboration and help support this environmentally friendly practice. Brian Pool is a third-generation professional beekeeper with over 40 years of experience, there is no better person placed to look after our five-star bees. It
has been fascinating to learn about the honey production process and our team look forward to serving it to our guests this Summer.”
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Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand Rocco Forte hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant or the informal Hadrian’s Brasserie. Afternoon Tea is served in the refurbished Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 400 Scottish whiskies at Scotch. Expertly blended cocktails are shaken and stirred to perfection at The Balmoral Bar and signature Scottish treatments are available at The Balmoral Spa.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future opening: Jeddah in 2016, Shanghai in 2018