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05/12/12 Roof Garden # , ,

Resident Robin Roof Garden Diary: December 2012

Resident Robin Roof Garden Diary: December 2012

Cheep …  cheep … chirrup …   I’m the New Lanark Roof Garden robin!   I bet you didn’t know that reindeer could fly?  There I was, perched on a bare twig, with my feathers puffed out to keep myself warm.  Jack Frost had already tiptoed across the Roof Garden and worked his magic on the fountain, changing the water into rock.  Then, imagine my surprise when five tiny reindeer, made of sparkling light, came floating down from the sky and landed on the grass nearby!  They said they were very tired as they had flown all the way from the North Pole. The Man Who Looks After the Reindeer will be at New Lanark every weekend and on Monday 24 December so you can visit him.  Hey!  Please put out some crumbs and fresh water for me and my friends this winter.  I know you’ll be stuffing YOUR faces …   Happy Christmas!

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14/11/12 New Lanark Mill Hotel # , , ,

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

Girl power sizzles in New Lanark kitchen!

GIRL power is alive and well in the kitchen at New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Unusually for a male-dominated industry, a practically all-woman kitchen team is now in place under new Head Chef Linsey Scott.

And award-winning Linsey (31), born in Polbeth and now living in Breich, promises: “I’m taking the menu here back to basics – delicious unpretentious dishes, generous portions, beautifully presented.”

Her numerous awards show just what a great appointment she is for New Lanark – Hit Scotland Scholarship in 2009; Hospitality Salon Culinaire; winning Gold at La Parade Des Chefs in 2009; Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2011; and at this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards, Linsey was voted Hotel Executive Chef Médaille d’Or, the top accolade.

The four other ladies cooking up a storm at New Lanark Mill, voted the best hotel in Lanarkshire by readers of Tripadvisor, are chefs Barbara Connolly, Robynne Greenshields, Sarah Henderson and Amy North.

They’re joined by Commis Chef Jamie Donaldson and Junior Sous Chef Leon McIntyre who provide some male balance in the female-dominated kitchen!

“They make a great team and are all wonderful to work with,” said Linsey. “They’re full of enthusiasm, passion and drive – exactly what you need in a top chef.”

Linsey always loved cooking and her interest first started with her favourite class, Home Economics, at West Calder High School plus her parents’ encouragement and support.

After taking an HNC at West Lothian College, she held a variety of restaurant posts including seven years at Cannon’s in West Calder and spells at Livingstone’s in Linlithgow, Dalhousie Castle and Compass World Class Dining at RBS Gogarburn.

Her high-flying career really took off when she joined the Aurora Hotel Collection and worked her way up in three years from Senior Sous Chef to Food Development Manager.

“It was a fantastic part of my career but it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to get a better work-life balance, the opportunity at New Lanark came along and I grabbed it with both hands.”

Now she has the chance to make her mark with her team.

“It’s my job to lead and advise them. I always tell them to think first of all about seasonality, local produce, flavours, textures and how it’s going to look on the plate. And most important of all – when you’ve cooked it, taste it. It’s amazing how many chefs don’t do that; you have to put yourself in the shoes of the person eating it.”

The new dinner menu at New Lanark Mill reflects her own personal taste for great food cooked to perfection.

“We’re not looking for Michelin stars here, we just want to provide great satisfying dishes at good prices that people will love to eat.”

Starters include Cullen Skink, Shetland king scallops and Stornoway black pudding with a cider and apple glaze and aromatic duck fritters. Mains range from beer battered haddock fillet with hand-cut chips to roast chicken breast with colcannon croquette and dry aged steaks from the chargrill while desserts include white chocolate cheesecake, apple and almond caramel sponge, marmalade ice cream and tiramisu. To see the menu click here.

And Linsey’s rung the changes in the bar menu too with sandwiches, salads, steak and haggis pie, home-made burgers, working lunches and afternoon teas proving especially popular. The bar menu is available here.

She added: “To keep us on our toes, any special requests or healthy diets are all welcome at New Lanark. Nothing is too much hassle – just ask and we’re always happy to accommodate you.”

Sarah Henderson (18), from Carnwath, is a demi chef de partie which means she’s learning her trade as a chef and currently specialising in the kitchen’s sauce section. With help from the senior chefs, she’s also being supported to gain her SVQ Level 3. The former Biggar High pupil came to the hotel two years ago. “It’s great to be part of a fun, female team. I love baking and one day hope to be a pastry chef,” she said.

Robynne and Amy are also about to make a start on their SVQ qualifications while also gaining valuable experience in the real kitchen.

And Jamie said: “Although the girls outnumber us in the kitchen, it’s a great place to work and we all get on great. I’m learning a lot from the ladies, especially about finesse, presentation and attention to detail. That’s what makes the difference between a good and a great dish.”

General Manager John Stirrat believes his team led by Linsey is set to be a winner.

“People have a more down-to-earth culinary mindset nowadays and I’m delighted that Linsey is overseeing a shift away from stuffier dining towards unfussy real food at affordable prices. With her award-winning background, I know she and her team will create a fantastic new dining experience at New Lanark.”

Girl Power captures the kitchen – Linsey (second right) with, left to right: Sarah, Amy, Barbara and Robynne.


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18/09/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre

Printmaking With the Kids

I am Kirsty Chalmers, New Lanark’s new Assistant Development Officer and you’ll probably hear from me a lot over the next while as I get to know New Lanark and my role. I am not completely new to New Lanark. Whilst at University I worked as a Food & Beverage Assistant in the hotel and once I graduated I was very lucky to be able to apply for my current role. My role involves a wide variety of tasks – mostly organising the marketing and advertising of the visitor centre, the hotel, the health and leisure club, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill and the site in general and also organising the events that happen throughout the year (any suggestions for events and promotions are warmly welcomed).

This blog however is going to focus on one of the events I volunteered for at the weekend. New Lanark took part in Doors Open Day & Scottish Archaeology month this year and as I am still getting to know the site, I volunteered to help out at the weekend. Jane (our Heritage Manager) thought I’d be perfect for the role of organising the print making workshop with the kids, so I agreed.

I don’t think I quite realised what I was letting myself in for at the time, however. The printmaking workshop came about from the idea that children attending the event could help us to design some new wallpaper for the Museum Stair – one of the buildings that was opened for the weekend. The way to make these new wallpapers was to chop up loads of vegetables and dunk them in some paint and make print patterns with them. Needless to say it was very messy and a lot of fun. We had over 100 children and about the same number of adults attend the ‘printmaking workshops’ and many of them took their designs home with them. This was a great event with loads going on and I am excited to get more involved with a similar (but bigger) event next year!

I obviously had to have a go myself when I was encouraging others to do it!

Some of the designs from the very talented kids that attended.

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13/09/12 New Lanark Wool & Textiles # , , ,

New Lanark Wool Used in Tapestry Exhibition

Don’t miss the ‘Inspired Landscapes’ exhibition of wall hangings by Forth Community Resource Centre, in the River Room at New Lanark until 11 October.  The hangings are approximately the size of postcards and are very appealing.  Inspired by local landscapes, many of the tapestry items are woven from New Lanark wool in soft natural colours. Weaving, embroidery and crochet stitches are combined to create impressions of trees, water, moorland and hills.  One hanging shows Dundaff Linn waterfall at the end of New Lanark village.  Brilliant!

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07/09/12 Roof Garden # ,

Roof Garden Diary September 2012

Summer is gradually slinking away but a whole new set of flowers has appeared at the start of autumn in New Lanark Roof Garden.  Purple anemones are coming out, and there are beautiful Japanese anemones with clear white petals and orange centres.  Dazzling yellow stars of coreopsis glow beneath the owl sculpture.  The button-shaped flower heads of lavender cotton (Santolina) are fading fast, and smell like sweaty socks! On the other side of the garden, scores of hoverflies are attracted to the pale mauve spikes of heather ‘Silver Knight’. The swallows are still around but will soon be leaving for warmer climes as the temperature drops.

In flower in September – purple anemone, Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, Russian sage‘ Blue Spire’, coreopsis verticillata, heather (Calluna) ‘Silver Knight’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, liatris spicata, rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, buddleia davidii ‘Harlequin’.

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14/08/12 Roof Garden #

Roof Garden Diary – August 2012

The weather may have improved, but this August  we have no flowering yucca and no butterflies in New Lanark Roof Garden!  However, the lavender has braved the rain and the lovely bell-shaped flowers of penstemons add a touch of crimson.  Meadowsweet, which also grows wild in watery meadows, has tall scented heads of fluffy white flowers, and the flowerheads of santolina shine out like yellow buttons.  All these plants are attractive to the bees and hoverflies that appear whenever the weather is fine.   The swallows are still around.  Down below in the mill lade, small yellow monkey flowers are growing wild along with water mint and marsh forget-me-nots. The water-loving plants have had a great summer! 

In flower this month  – Lavender, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus), Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’, clematis, Himalayan honeysuckle and various grasses.



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01/08/12 Roof Garden # , ,

Roof Garden Diary – July 2012

Either it has been raining heavily or a gentle misty smirr has enveloped New Lanark Roof Garden. In the constant wet conditions, the flowers have struggled, but the old cottage garden favourites have done best. In the troughs there are bright purple cushions of thyme beside spikes of blue lavender. The lovely pale pink rose ‘Penelope’ is covered in flowers with more buds to come and tall spires of foxgloves and meadow rue give soft colour and height to the garden. Even in the rain, the honeysuckle twining around the wooden owl’s plinth is sweet-scented. Also known as woodbine, honeysuckle appears in Shakespeare’s magical play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where it forms a canopy over the sleeping Fairy Queen! So bring your umbrella and enjoy!
Click here for details of summer events. In flower : thyme, lavender, sage, astrantia, honeysuckle, lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’, rosa ‘Penelope’.

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18/06/12 New Lanark Visitor Centre , Roof Garden # ,

Roof Garden diary update – June 2012

Alium in the Roof Garden

Alium in the Roof Garden

June 2012 – The big purple spheres of the allium heads look stunning now, even when beaded with raindrops! They attract bees whenever the temperature rises. Chocolate-coloured leaves and tiny pink flowers adorn the black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) ‘Guincho Purple’. The flowers have red stems and are borne in flattened heads called cymes. Contrasting with these purples and pinks are the showy yellow blooms of flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) and the lemon foliage of the sedge, Carex flagellifera. Honeysuckle twines around the owl sculpture, the flowers just opening to perfume the cool evening air.
In flower in June – allium, chives, thyme, honeysuckle, black elder ‘Guincho Purple’, yellow flag iris, Deutzia, weeping brown sedge (Carex flagellifera), giant feather grass (Stipa gigantea).

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23/05/12 Events at New Lanark , New Lanark Visitor Centre , New Lanark World Heritage Site , Roof Garden # , , ,

Roof Garden diary update – May 2012

Blushing tulip close up on Roof Garden

Blushing tulip close up on Roof Garden

“In May the pleasant spray upsprings / In May the mirthful mavis sings”. These rhythmic lines from Alexander Scott’s joyful poem about May were written in Edinburgh in the 16th century, but could be describing New Lanark Roof Garden today! The hornbeam hedges are sporting fresh green leaves, the elder blossom is coming out, the woolly willow is covered in furry catkins and the tulips are blooming. From the surrounding countryside arise the notes of the mavis (song thrush) and other birdsong. The swallows are back, swooping low to catch insects in the valley. Also remember – our Midsummer on the Roof Garden Event takes place next month – visit www.newlanark.org for details.

In flower in May: Kerria Japonica, tulips ‘Spring Green’ and ‘Blushing Bride’, elder, winter creeper (Euonymus) ‘Emerald Gaiety’, woolly willow (Salix lanata).

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09/05/12 Behind the scenes at New Lanark

Internship at New Lanark


My name is Catherine Carver. I am a student from the University of Southern Indiana. I will be arriving in New Lanark on Friday as an intern and I am so thrilled and excited to meet you all! I can’t wait to get started working. See you then!

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