By Sarah Keane •
Published: 28 Jan 2021 • 9:36
Sotck Photo of Michelin-style food
SCOTLAND restaurant loses Michelin Star after 21 years and announces it is closing its doors
The iconic Braidwoods restaurant in Ayrshire, Scotland lost its Michelin Star in the latest publication by the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021 after 21 years holding the accolade – the longest star0holding Scottish eatery. Nineteen other restaurants were also demoted, and now the owners of Braidwoods have sadly announced to Ayrshire Live that their iconic establishment is closing its doors for good.
The famous eatery has been up and running for 25 years and was awarded the coveted Michelin Star in 2000; however, like so many others in the hospitality industry, Scottish businesses are feeling the pinch from ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Braidwood said: “We didn’t really lose our star, we informed Michelin of our intentions in August because we didn’t really want a guide to be out there and people reading it and seeing that Braidwoods has a star and trying to get a table when we’re not opening for tables.
“So, we informed them and they were delighted and apparently we retained it right up until the end and they put on the guide that we were closed and that’s what we expected.
“In effect we relinquished it because I’m quite aware that they’re not very keen to have a guide that as soon as it comes out, it’s almost out of date and they’ve always been up front with us since we got it.
“So we thought the best thing to do was inform them in August and told them that we wouldn’t be going on much further.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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