Roth Bar & Grillback
Situated just across the courtyard from Durslade Farmhouse, flame, food, community, and art are at the heart of Roth Bar & Grill. Connecting farmers, butcher, forager, chef, and guest, this vibrant and informal eating and drinking place celebrates simple, seasonal, local ingredients cooked over fire and set against a background of extraordinary contemporary art.
Roth Bar & Grill cooks with the seasons, using produce from the farm; fruit and vegetables from the Walled Garden at Roundhill Grange, and long-term local suppliers. Most of the meat comes from Durslade Farm Rare Breed flocks and herds, ensuring traceability and control over welfare standards, while the in-house forager scours the local fields, hedgerows, and woodland for seasonal plants and mushrooms. They are proud to work with and champion many local farmers and growers who are experts in their field and situated just a short journey away from the restaurant.
Meat from Durslade Farm is dry-aged in the purpose-built Salt Room, which is lined with over 500 hand-cut Himalayan salt bricks, highly valued for their purity. The traditional process allows the meat to tenderise through naturally occurring enzymes, intensifying in flavour as the Himalayan salt draws moisture from the air, allowing the water in the meat to evaporate.
The open kitchen has a wood-fired grill and spit, where beef and lamb from Durslade Farm, whose acres surround Roth Bar & Grill, and vegetables and herbs from the neighbouring Walled Garden at Roundhill Grange are cooked. Outside, you will find huge round fire pits created by Bjorn and Oddor Roth. These handsome structures effortlessly combine form and function and are fired up throughout the year during events and special occasions.
Drinks served at Roth Bar & Grill focus on local craft producers and distilleries, as well as wine from their vineyard, fresh juices, and homemade cordials using produce from the Roundhill Grange Walled Garden, farm, and hedgerow, and whisky and gin from their sister property, The Fife Arms Hotel in Braemar.
The Walled Garden is located at the stunning Roundhill Grange, just five minutes from the restaurant. The two acres of garden are looked after by Craig, the kitchen gardener, who uses age-old techniques and tools to maintain the land. Hazel is coppiced from the woodlands and used as a support for heritage varieties of peas and beans. Old espalier apples and pears thrive on the sun-drenched walls, and the beds are filled with seasonal bounty from broad beans and peas to beetroot and spinach. Craig continues to grow a wide range of culinary herbs and edible flowers, all of which exist in harmony with the surroundings.
Also designed by the architect Luis Laplace, the restaurant has at its core a site-specific bar created by long-term friends and artists Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth. In addition, the restaurant’s dining room is adorned with an intimate and personal salon-style hang of works based on the intertwining themes of food, cooking, animals, and the countryside. A stunning backdrop when indulging in a meal at Roth Bar & Grill.