Dean Banks looks to crowdfund new Haar location

CHEF Dean Banks has launched a crowdfunding campaign as he looks to reopen his Haar Restaurant in new premises.

The chef, who also operates signature restaurant Dean Banks at the Pompadour in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, is looking to raise £50,000 to fund the refurbishment of Haar’s new location, at the Golf Inn in St Andrews. The restaurant was formerly located within the town’s Kinnettles Hotel.

The crowdfunding page (at offers various tiers of investment, ranging from £30, for which investors will receive a Haar-branded apron, right up to £10,000, which will net the investor a summer party for up to 30 people at the reopened restaurant.

“I have always wanted to have Haar in St Andrews – it’s where it was born and where it will always belong,” said Banks.

“The restaurant is named after the haar rolling in over the sea.

“St Andrews is in my heart, it inspired Haar and it is where I want to create the restaurant I always envisioned. This new venue can be what I always wanted Haar to be. I didn’t have full control of the last venue so having to close and find a new home was ultimately a good thing.

“Now we will be able to create Haar as I always envisioned it, bringing the look and feel of the sea inside, and we can even have bedrooms so guests can come to Haar for dinner and stay the night.

“It will be a destination restaurant which is just what I have always wanted, to showcase St Andrews, the stunning produce we use and of course the food I turn it into with my crack team. It’s very exciting.”