On a Scottish summer's night, thirty-six diners were collected from central Edinburgh and taken to a secret location in Selkirk. There, they were served a lavish four-course meal with matching wines cooked up by lauded Gardener's Cottage chefs Ed Murray and Dale Mailley. The menu of historical food reflected the past glory of The Haining, the unique setting that played host to the feast. Vintage-styled waitresses and a stern yet glamorous 1940s housekeeper, Ms Osborne, kept glasses full and the atmosphere alive. The host for the evening was The Disconsolate Dandie, a fictional character based on John Pringle. Guests were left to wonder whether the Dandie would be joining them for supper or not. The mystery added a frisson of excitement to the evening (as did the BBC camera crew that were filming the event for a programme about The Haining).
Jelly and Gin were asked to raise the profile The Haining a country manor in need of funding in Selkirk. In addition J+G were asked to test the market for dining events in this location. For this project J+G created a brand for events at The Haining, designed and set up a website, set up a mailing-list, and marketed the events online. The event in June sold out within minutes. The branding and design were inspired by John Pringle of Haining and his menagerie. The meal was presented with ornately designed menus and bespoke water bottles for the guests to take with them for the coach journey back to Edinburgh.