Fife’s Kinneuchar Inn to re-open this month


Chef James Ferguson and partner Alethea Palmer are set to re-open The Kinneuchar Inn in Fife at the end of September. The pub, in the East Neuk village of Kilconquhar, has been closed for two years for a refurbishment.

It’s the first Scottish opening for James, who has worked alongside the likes of Angela Hartnett at The Connaught in London. Alethea will manage front of house.

The Kinneuchar Inn will retain the traditional pub area, with a separate dining area for 32 covers, a private events space, and a cosy nook .  The inn also boasts open fires and furniture carefully crafted from local wood.

 Originally from Halifax with Scottish/Greek heritage, James grew up helping in the kitchen of his parents’ Yorkshire restaurant, initially trained as a classical pianist before going back to cooking.

James also worked at Beagle in Hoxton, and headed the kitchen at Rochelle Canteen with Margot Henderson.

For the last eight years Alethea Palmer has been General Manager at Arnold & Henderson, a London catering company. She also oversaw the running of Rochelle Canteen in Arnold Circus.

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