Nick Nairn is homeward bound for new restaurant

SCOTTISH celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, is going back to his roots to open a new “family-friendly” restaurant in Bridge of Allan.

Nick’s on Henderson Street, which previously traded as Jam Jar in the Stirlingshire town, will open its doors on February 28; Julia, the TV star’s wife, will co-own the 75-cover restaurant in their first business venture together.

Leon McIntyre joins the team from Baba in Edinburgh to head up the venue which has an additional 60-cover outside space.

The menu features “classic café and bistro dishes given a contemporary twist” and is said to focus on locally sourced produce.

Catering for breakfast, lunch and dinner, dishes include brioche French toast with caramelised banana, blueberries, cream cheese, venison saddle with beetroot, crowdie tartlet, blueberries and potato rösti, and a range of Roma-style pizzas. Gourmet hot dogs from Dumfries and Galloway company, Brigston & Co will also be on offer at the eatery.

Nick Nairn said: “I was born and brought up just down the road from Bridge of Allan so this is something of a homecoming for me and my family.

“This is the first time I’ve ever worked in partnership like this and already all the family are getting involved in shifts front of house. In short, it’s a family-run restaurant that will appeal to other families, with food that’s recognisable but cooked really well and given a contemporary twist.

“Julia and I are delighted to be a part of Bridge of Allan’s thriving town centre – it’s our local after all too!”