Emily Roux and Michel Roux Jr to open new Restaurants in Scotland

Albert, Michel and Emily Roux to open contemporary fine dining restaurants at Inverlochy Castle and Crossbasket Castle
Scotland’s food scene is set for a major shake-up after three generations of the world’s most famous culinary dynasty come together to open two new restaurants in first half of 2016.Albert and Michel Roux Jnr, supported by Michel’s daughter Emily, are to open the first of their co-branded fine dining restaurants at the world-famous Inverlochy Castle near Fort William later this month, closely followed by the opening of the second at Crossbasket Castle on the outskirts of Glasgow on 1 May.

Both restaurants will be intimate, seating up to 50 at Inverlochy and 25 at Crossbasket, and will be run by chefs trained in Roux kitchens, whose graduates include Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing and Andrew Fairlie.

It marks the first time the father and son duo have collaborated in Scotland. They first worked together in 1985, when Michel Jnr joined the team at London’s Le Gavroche, which he now runs. Emily will also support menu development at the restaurants, making them a true family affair.

Speaking of the new venture, Albert Roux OBE, KFO, who currently runs five Chez Roux restaurants across Scotland, said: “Michel Jnr and I are hugely excited about working together at these two fantastic locations. The ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jnr’ restaurants will offer menus in the style of Le Gavroche but with a contemporary and distinctly Scottish twist, focusing on ingredients that are, as far as possible, hyper-local to each location.

“There is no doubt Scotland is coming of her culinary age. We have a population that loves food and is becoming increasingly aware of the fantastic produce in the seas, fields and forests.”

Michel Roux Jnr said: “There is so much fantastic produce and talent to be found in the area. I’m particularly thrilled about Emily coming on board – my father and I are classically French in style whereas Emily is slightly more contemporary in her cooking. It makes for a great dynamic, and a very exciting time for the Rouxs.”

Both Inverlochy Castle and Crossbasket are managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International.

Nestling in the foothills of Ben Nevis and set amidst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands, Inverlochy Castle in Fort William is Scotland’s finest, and arguably its most famous, country house hotel. The hotel boasts seventeen uniquely designed bedrooms and three dining rooms, amongst a range of indoor and outdoor facilities.

The 14th Century Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre on the outskirts of Glasgow has been rescued from ruin and is set to open as a luxury hotel, restaurant and event venue on 1 May.

Businessman Steve Timoney and his wife Alison Reid-Timoney bought Crossbasket Castle in 2011, a year after it was listed on Scotland’s Buildings At Risk Register. Over the last five years the couple have invested over £9 million restoring the building to its former glory as one of the area’s most beautiful historic homes. They have also added a Grand Ballroom to the castle, which overlooks the stunning waterfalls on the River Calder and accommodating up to 250 event guests.

 

Fasque Castle joins Inverlochy Castle Management International

Aberdeenshire’s Fasque House , the multi-award winning exclusive use venue, has joined top luxury hotels Cromlix, Inverlochy Castle Hotel and Greywalls Hotel under the management of Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI).

Fasque House, the 400-acre country estate with expansive baronial mansion at its heart, reopened two years ago following a £11 million refurbishment by new owners Douglas and Heather Dick-Reid. The property has been re-branded Fasque Castle under ICMI’s management.

The stunning 19th Century building, with 19 lavishly furnished bedrooms, Great Hall, spacious Drawing Room and intimate Dining Room, is already a leading venue for corporate events, private functions and weddings.

Douglas Dick-Reid said: “Restoring Fasque House and its extensive woodland grounds to their former glory was a hugely regwrding project and we are delighted with the popularity it has enjoyed as a venue since our opening in 2013.

“We are aware of Fasque’s potential to become one of Europe’s top exclusive-use venues and we know that ICMI, which is responsible for the development and management of a number of the UK’s top privately owned luxury hotels and venues, is the right partner for us.”

Norbert Lieder, managing director of ICMI, said: “Fasque House is a perfect fit for ICMI – stunning architecture, luxurious interiors and a unique offer as a large exclusive use venue capable of catering for up to 150 people, even more with a marquee.

“I commend Douglas and Heather Dick-Reid for their work on both the interior and exterior of the venue – the attention to detail and design is some of the best I have seen.

“Under ICMI’s management Fasque will now benefit from our vast experience in running luxury venues; ability to recruit and retain the best staff; marketing contacts; and buying power.

“We have long expressed our desire to manage properties in Aberdeenshire and look forward to working with a local business of such unique quality.”

For more information about ICMI, please visit http://www.icmi.co.uk