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Borthwick relocates his Plumed Horse to Leith

24 August 2006
Borthwick relocates his Plumed Horse to Leith

The Plumed Horse restaurant in Crossmichael, Kirkcudbrightshire, is upping sticks and moving to Leith, near Edinburgh.

The Michelin-starred restaurant will serve dinner for the last time in Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, on 16 September, with relocation expected to be complete by mid-October.

Chef-proprietor Tony Borthwick admitted that the restaurant had found it tough going in recent months.

"I guess I've had a few reality checks of late. I can't get the staff and, in winter, not enough diners," he said. "If I'm honest, I'm a bit scared of my cosy life. I need to push myself a bit to progress."

Having encountered difficulties trying to sell the business, Borthwick decided to buy out the remainder of his lease in Crossmichael and has taken out a 20-year lease on a property in Henderson Street, Leith.

"We're taking lots of the old kitchen equipment and our front-of-house manager," he said. "There will be no conceptual changes from Crossmichael."

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