Borders hotel under new management

Inverlochy takes over operation of landmark venue in new deal

• The hotel restaurant will be run by a head chef trained under Albert Roux.

INVERLOCHY Castle Management International (ICMI) is now managing the Roxburghe Hotel in Kelso as part of a 15-year deal with the hotel’s owner.

Under ICMI, which took control of the hotel on Monday (September 1), the Roxburghe’s restaurant will be overseen by chef Albert Roux and his son, Michel, and helmed by a Roux-trained chef.
Dr Sin Chai, chairman of ICMI, said the firm is “privileged to be associated with the Roxburghe Hotel and Estate, which represent the finest in Scottish country pursuits and hospitality in one location”.
“The Scottish Borders is famous for its natural beauty and superb produce which will, of course, continue to be on the menu,” said Chai. “We are really looking forward to seeing this lovely hotel flourish and being further enjoyed by visitors from near and far.”
Albert Roux described the deal as a “dream come true”.
“The Roxburghe is such a prestigious place and connected with Floors Castle, which is so much a part of the history of my beloved Scotland,” he said.
“We will definitely put it on the world map.”
Roxburghe Hotel owner Guy Innes-Ker, Duke of Roxburghe, said the partnership with ICMI and the Roux family “will ensure we achieve a world class reputation for hospitality and food”.
“We are delighted to have the new management team in place and believe ICMI and Chez Roux will help position the Roxburghe among the finest small luxury hotels in Scotland,” said Innes-Ker.
“This is an important development not only for the Roxburghe Estates, but also for the Scottish Borders, increasing our role as a destination hotel.”
ICMI’s portfolio includes Inverlochy Castle in Fort William, Greywalls in East Lothian, Rocpool Reserve in Inverness and Cromlix in Dunblane.