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Nick and Julia Nairn to open new family-friendly restaurant in Stirlingshire

The celebrity chef and his wife Julia Nairn are set to open the doors to their first restaurant together.

Published: February 25, 2020
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Chef Nick Nairn and his wife Julia are set to open their first restaurant together this month.

Nick's on Henderson, which is located in Bridge of Allan on the site of former Jam Jar restaurant, will open on 28 February and is set to be a family-friendly eatery.

The restaurant will be Nick's first new restaurant in over a decade. The celebrity chef will be taking a hands on approach in the kitchen, along with his head chef Leon McIntyre, who most recently worked in the Ox and Finch spin off, Baba in Edinburgh.

What's on the menu?

Nick Nairn

Picture: Nick's on Henderson Street

Breakfasts will include dishes such as: shakshouka granola blended in-house and served with skyr, honey and pomegranate; and Smashed avocado with rose harissa, tomato, and a poached egg served on charred sourdough.

Those popping in for lunch or dinner can look forward to dishes like: venison saddle with beetroot, crowdie tartlet served with blueberries and potato rösti; House garam marsala roasted root vegetable curry; Buddha bowls and a range of classic sandwiches.

The menu also includes a range of gourmet hot dogs made in Dumfries & Galloway by Brigston & Co served with on a brioche bun, with caramelised onions, crispy shallots and house beef chilli.

Burgers will be made in-house from traditional cuts like chuck and brisket from slow-grown, traditional cattle breeds like shorthorn, belted Galloway and Highland, and teamed with organic brioche buns.

Speaking about his new venture, 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.

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"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!”

Reservations for Nick's on Henderson Street can be made by calling 01786 831616.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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