Alain Roux, chef patron of The Waterside Inn, Bray-on-Thames, and his father, Michel Roux, O.B.E., legendary chef and restaurateur, are set to launch a new restaurant in Edinburgh at The Balmoral in May 2018.
Alain will take up the position of signature chef at the new brasserie and bar that will replace Hadrian’s Brasserie and The Balmoral Bar as part of a £3m renovation project that has been underway since the start of the year.
He currently retains three Michelin stars at The Waterside Inn, the only restaurant in the world outside France to have upheld this accolade for more than thirty years.
The new lifestyle space, which will cater for 210 covers across the restaurant and bar, will offer classic French dishes inspired by Scottish ingredients.
The new brasserie concept will complete the hotel’s five-year refurbishment plan, that has seen the Castle and Old Town view rooms renovated, alongside the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, the afternoon tea Palm Court and destination whisky bar Scotch.
Describing the menu and food further, Alain Roux said: “This exciting new brasserie will be defined by a seasonally changing menu rooted in French bistro dishes, in the classic modern style, irresistibly simple, delicious food. We will be led by the fantastic array of Scottish ingredients and flavours to include beautiful seafood platters and tasty sharing plates at the bar. I want to serve the dishes that I love to cook myself at home and seek out with family and friends when we go out to eat. It will be an exciting menu, informed by my French heritage but totally inspired by Scotland.”
Commenting on the new partnership, Michel Roux added: “The new brasserie marks a unique alliance between the Roux and Forte families. As leaders in our fields, our families are committed to excellence, impeccable service and promoting the next generation with my son, Alain leading the restaurant. We are thrilled to be opening in Edinburgh, the epicentre of Scottish culture and a thoroughly modern city. It is a formidable synergy, an exciting new venture and we can’t wait to welcome our first customers.”
Richard Cooke, general manager at The Balmoral, commented: “I am honoured to welcome Michel and Alain Roux to The Balmoral and the wider Rocco Forte family. Michel’s role in developing British gastronomy has been felt over the course of several decades and his experience and guidance is immeasurable. Alain, who continues to develop his father’s culinary evolution, brings impressive talent and vision to this exciting new project.”