Albert and Michel Roux Jnr, supported by Michel’s daughter Emily, have opened the first of their co-branded fine dining restaurants, under the The ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jnr’ restaurant banner at Inverlochy Castle near Fort William. The former Chez Roux at Inverlochy, underwent a refurbishment at the end of December and re-opened recently as the first Scottish ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jnr’ restaurant. The opening marked the first time the father and son have collaborated in Scotland and it also marked the introduction of Emily Roux to the family business.
The restaurant, with 50 covers, is run by chefs trained in Roux kitchens.
However that’s not the only restaurant destined for Scotland under the new arrangement. The trio are also opening another ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jnr’ restaurant at the 14th Century Crossbasket Castle in High Blantyre on the outskirts of Glasgow. The luxury hotel, restaurant and event venue, owned by Steve Timoney and wife Alison Reid-Timoney who have invested £9m in the hotel, is managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International, and will officially open on 1 May.
Speaking of the new ventures, 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.”
While Michel Roux Jnr said, “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.”