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Opening in July 2023, veteran Scottish TV chef Nick Nairn and his wife Julia's new Stirlingshire restaurant is on the site of Nick's, their previous venue, which was destroyed in a fire two years ago. They plan to showcase the best Scottish produce, including seafood, grass-fed beef and fruit and vegetables from their own plot and polytunnels.

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Summary

Opened in July 2023 (after our annual diners’ poll had concluded), veteran Scottish TV chef Nick Nairn and his wife Julia re-launched this Stirlingshire restaurant on the site of their previous venue, which was destroyed in a fire two years ago. The business is a modern, family brasserie that’s not particularly foodie in approach and this is reflected in early reviews. For Murray Chalmers in The Courier it is “…great. Not life-changing, not genre-defining and not likely to win awards for innovation, but it all worked so well”. The Herald’s Ron Mackenna found it “strangely inconsistent… but is Nick’s worth a try? Yeah. Definitely”.

Summary

Celeb chef Nick Nairn and wife Julia had only been open for a year or so at this all-day bistro/café before, in August 2021, it was struck by fire in the middle of Saturday evening’s service and staff had to evacuate diners before it was engulfed by flames. It is due to re-open towards the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023, with a new chef (Stephen Crawford); new kitchen; and new look (“light, airy and bright – contemporary Scottish”).

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn and wife Julia have taken over the Jam Jar restaurant up the road from their house and he is back behind the stoves alongside head chef Leon McIntrye (who has joined from Edinburgh restaurant Baba) at this all-day family-friendly bistro/café, which opened in spring 2020. We’ve rated it quite conservatively given limited initial feedback, but one early report is a rave: “such a lovely place, with an excellent menu and wine selection”.

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Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HR

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Nairns Bridge of Allan Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Nairns Bridge of Allan Restaurant in FK9, Bridge of Allan by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Nairns Bridge of Allan restaurant.
Susan P
It was a good sign we thought when Nick him...
Reviewed 3 months, 26 days ago

"It was a good sign we thought when Nick himself was eating in his own restaurant. We were not disappointed, though it was one of those tempting menus where it was too hard to choose. The squash ravioli and sole were both excellent, washed down with a glass or two of Picpoul. Service efficient and friendly true Scottish hospitality at its best. "

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Alexander C
On a cold winters day the log stoves provid...
Reviewed 3 months, 27 days ago

"On a cold winters day the log stoves provided a warm welcome. Venison casserole was ideal for the day although the suet dumplings were somewhat solid. "

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What the Newspaper Critics are saying

The Sunday Times

Chitra Ramaswamy made her way to the latest venue from Nick Nairn, a 1990s daytime TV chef whose previous restaurant on the same site, Nick’s (fka Jam Jar by Nick Nairn) burnt down three years ago.

The menu offered Scottish/European classics with some nods to present trends, but Chitra found the food so bad it made her shudder. An “unforgivably unseasoned fillet of hake” was “underdone, wet and mushy”, while a “gigantic” chicken kiev was stuffed with “katsu butter that tastes exactly like the curry sauce you get on chips from the chippie…, it’s as unfinishable as a steak challenge in a Texan roadhouse.” A £5 side of buttered greens is “boiled to 1970s levels, sprinkled with something reminiscent of sand, and is a strong contender for worst mouthful of food I’ve eaten in a while”.

“I wanted Nairn’s to be better,” Chitra moans. “He is, after all, a Scottish
institution and was once this country’s most famous chef.”

Chitra Ramaswamy - 2024-04-14
Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HR
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday10 am‑10 pm
Thursday10 am‑10 pm
Friday10 am‑10 pm
Saturday10 am‑10 pm
Sunday10 am‑6 pm

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