It is good to hear what the future now holds for the Cramond Brig – the landmark pub on the edge of Edinburgh just past the Barnton junction – after its sudden closure before Christmas. The word is that it is to open at the end of this month as a steakhouse. It will be Miller & Carter’s first venture in Scotland and, as the company prides itself on serving the perfect steak, we can’t wait. All chefs complete a specialist, dedicated steak school to ensure they are complete steak experts and the good news is that they will have all their beef exclusively supplied from Scotland. David Jardine, the manager, said: “We’re looking forward to showcasing our steak expertise in the city. The coaching house styled building provides us with a unique venue with a distinct feel and personality.”
Good also to see Cringletie House Hotel in Peebles back in business after a four-month renovation of its B-listed historic building. The Scottish Hotel of the Year 2013-2014 now offers all day bar food alongside its well known afternoon teas and fine dining restaurant.
And we’re interested to see what Andy Murray will serve up at Cromlix House near Dunblane. The hotel is managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International, which also manages Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and the Atholl, in Edinburgh. Cromlix will host the sixth Chez Roux restaurant in Scotland.