Nick Nairn’s phoenix rises from the ashes

Veteran Scottish chef Nick Nairn is to open a new venture next month in his home town – Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire – following the destruction of his restaurant Nick’s in a kitchen fire two years ago.

The site has been completely restored to accommodate a new restaurant, Nairn’s, with a terrace on the high street. The menu will focus on local produce including Scottish seafood, game and grass-fed meat along with herbs and vegetables grown by Nick and his wife Julia in polytunnels.

The couple said: “It’s been a long journey back to Bridge of Allan and we’re truly excited to return to our hometown. The fire was truly devastating but it has given us the opportunity to think really hard about what we wanted to create at this site.

“Nairn’s is a beautiful space and we’re delighted to be able to use it to showcase the best local producers on this thriving independent high street. We really can’t wait to welcome everyone in July and once again be a part of this wonderful town.

A regular on television, Nick opened his first restaurant in 1986 and won his first Michelin star five years later. Now 64, he also runs a cookery school and restaurant on the shores of nearby Lake of Menteith and The Kailyard at Dunblane’s Doubletree Hilton.

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