Award-winning event catering company Hickory has expanded its portfolio of venues with the addition of Oxenfoord Castle in Midlothian.
The Edinburgh-based company, which was established in 2012, has taken a 10-year contract to be the exclusive wedding and events management company for the historic castle near Pathhead, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Hickory is currently the exclusive catering partner for wedding venues Eskmills Venue and Dunglass Estate in the Lothians region. It also operates as a partner for around 30 other venues including Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute and the National Trust for Scotland’s extensive venues.
A-listed Oxenfoord Castle, currently owned by Michael and Harriet Dalrymple is steeped in history. Dating back to the 16th Century, it was originally a tower house, before the main castle was developed in 1782 by architect Robert Adam. Michael and Harriet have brought up four children at Oxenfoord Castle and continue to farm the estate.
The focus for Hickory will be to reinforce Oxenfoord’s status as one of the leading wedding venues in the Lothians. The Castle, which sits in park and woodland, has exclusive use for guests, Cranston church on site, noted gardens, and capacity for 120 people.
Hickory’s managing director, Stephanie Stubbs said: “With all the romance of a Scottish castle in a beautiful rural setting just 15 minutes from Edinburgh, Oxenfoord Castle is a wonderful wedding and events venue. We’re very excited to be its exclusive catering and events partner and can’t wait to introduce our contemporary catering in such historic surroundings.”
Michael Dalrymple, owner and resident of Oxenfoord Castle, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Hickory to develop our reputation for weddings and events. Our family is naturally very proud of Oxenfoord Castle and we know it is safe in the expert hands of Hickory.”