Scotland is missing out on gastropubs

19 January 2006
Scotland is missing out on gastropubs

The dining public are now well familiar with the gastropub concept, which has spread throughout London and the South-east and into most parts of England. But where are they in Scotland?

I am a London-trained chef who moved to south-west Scotland with my wife a few years ago to open a small restaurant. In most respects it's been successful - loyal customers, guidebook recognition, good press, and we don't owe anyone money!

However, I would like to convert the restaurant premises into a bar/pub and restaurant operation because I want to tap into the gastropub market without alienating my existing customers. My cooking style is simple but bold in flavour, which suits the market I'm aiming at.

Good pubs - and indeed restaurants - are a rarity in this region of Scotland, and I'm convinced there has to be a market for such a business. Why has the gastropub not crossed the border yet?

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