Nick Nairn confirms that a new restaurant and lifestyle shop can be opened


The TV personality and his wife Julia, who is also his business partner, were busy preparing the restaurant – nick’s at Port Menteith – developing an outdoor seating area and creating a new menu.

After the Covid strike in March, the Stirlingshire site where Nick’s Cookschool is based was able to temporarily open as a “pop-up pizza in the harbor” in the summer, but had to close again due to tightened lockdowns on the hospitality sector.

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But now that the restrictions have been relaxed, restaurateurs are back in business and will be welcoming their customers to their new restaurant tomorrow – Friday, June 25th, from 12 noon.

“The pizza oven exploded yesterday,” said Nick, “but we can definitely get started now.”

The restaurant has 40 seats indoors and a further 80 seats outdoors under a stretch tent and a series of pergolas.

The outdoor seating area was originally built as part of the cooking school, but since it couldn’t reopen under current social distancing guidelines, the couple decided to get creative and turn it into an outdoor dining area for the new restaurant.

“During the second lockdown, we had time to turn the school’s grill area into an outdoor restaurant,” said Nick.

Nick's at Port Menteith opens on Friday June 25th from 12 noon.Nick’s at Port Menteith opens on Friday June 25th from 12 noon.

“We had the pop-up pizzeria in the summer, but this time we have a lot more to offer – more and the menu and a larger seating area.

“It’s a beautiful place, not far from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, and it’s family-friendly. And of course dog-friendly. “

The new menu will include pizza, but also other main courses and fresh seafood.

Nick’s at Port Menteith will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12 noon each week.

Bookings are full from 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening (Friday June 25th) but Nick assured that there is still plenty of room during the day.

The 62-year-old, who was the youngest Scottish chef to be awarded a Michelin star in the early 1990s and cooked for the Queen, also runs the Kailyard Restaurant at Dunblane Hydro.

He was kept busy during the lockdown filming his home cooking classes with the Nairns.

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