Masterchef Star Launches First Scottish Restaurant

2018 Masterchef The Professionals finalist Dean Banks has announced he will be opening his first restaurant, in St. Andrews next month. Named for the coastal fog that often rolls in on hot days, Haar will open in the town’s five star Kinnettles Hotel and will span the whole of the ground floor of the hotel, which also houses a spa and nine all suite bedrooms.

With a focus on local, seasonal produce the menu will exhibit Banks’ creative flair. Diners can look forward to new and inventive takes on classic dishes, which will be ordered as a selection of large and small plates, which can be shared.

Banks said of the venture: “I’m very excited about opening my first restaurant and thrilled that it’s in such an amazing setting like The Kinnettles.  The produce that I have been sourcing is some of the best I’ve ever tried and I feel very lucky to be located in the Kingdom of Fife.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming for both locals and tourists to come and try my style of food and dining. I can’t wait to serve fine dining food without the stuffiness of dress codes and tablecloths – it’s going to be a real sensory experience.’

In addition to the seasonal dishes, Haar will offer a curated wine list, with a number of fine wines available by the glass, as well as a selection of local spirits – possibly a selection of Eden Mil gin and maybe a dram from nearby Kingsbarns Distillery.

Kinnettles Hotel Director Fraser Ogston said of the venture: “We’re delighted that Dean has chosen Kinnettles as the location for his first venture. His talent and creativity with food are exactly what we were looking for with a partner, and he will be a great asset to the hotel, as well as to the town of St. Andrews.”

Rosalind Erskine

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