Former Elmwood College Hospitality student, Paul Hughes and his brother, Grant are thrilled to have opened and completed the renovation of a local restaurant and pub. After weeks of painting and refurbishing they opened The Kingarroch Inn, Craigrothie on Thursday (Notes to editor 4th Feb).
The Inn now boasts new self-catering accommodation, which they hope will appeal to those considering a golfing or touring holiday in Fife.
Paul studied the HNC Professional Cookery course at Elmwood back in 2003. From there, he went to work in various restaurants in Fife, before finding work alongside his brother and now business partner in a popular St Andrews restaurant.
Paul said, "I was tired of building other people's dreams. The Kingarroch Inn is our dream. I feel as if I’m married to the job at the moment, but the rewards are sure to be tremendous. It can be a long road to success, but I feel that studying hard at college and working for the past eight years in the industry have helped me develop the necessary skills required to take on a venture like this.”
Originally built in 1792, The Kingarroch Inn has been a village inn for the last 120 years. The Inn now offers traditional rural cuisine, including game, fish and venison dishes. The Inn prides itself in offering fine meals created from an abundance of local produce.
Elmwood College Hospitality Lecturer, Willie Balfour said, “Paul was an extremely committed student, with a very clear vision of his career path, I’m delighted his hard work has paid off and he and his brother are beginning to build a business, I’m sure it will continue to go from strength to strength.”