Ben Watson, who trained as a chef under the guidance of his late father Ian Watson at The Bridge Inn, Ratho has been confirmed as the pub’s new general manager.
Watson, who has worked at the former AA Pub of the Year for the past seven years, has stepped up to the role of GM on a temporary basis, following the departure of the previous manager.
He will continue to manage the kitchen brigade and oversee menu development, as well as playing a much bigger role in front of house management and the general day to day running of the business.
The multi award winning pub has held an AA Rosette for the last five years, is one of just two Scottish establishments on Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropub’s list and features in the Michelin Guide.
The Bridge Inn was named AA Pub of the Year for Scotland in 2014.
Watson comments: “I’ve enjoyed the challenge of the last 16 months and am delighted to move positively forward and focus my entire energy on the role of general manager.
“The role will afford me great opportunities to continue driving the business forward at what is an exciting time for Scottish hospitality. I have amassed a great deal of experience over the years from some fantastic people in the industry and I am looking forward to putting those skills to good use and helping the already strong team continue to grow and develop into top operators within the Scottish hospitality sector.”
The Bridge Inn is home to four boutique bedrooms and is situated on the banks of The Union Canal in the conservation village of Ratho, 7 miles to the west of Edinburgh.