An award-winning Mearns fish restaurant and takeaway is available for lease as its creators prepare for their next venture.
Hornblower’s in Gourdon, which specialises in locally-sourced seasonal food with an emphasis on seafood, was opened in 2010 by Alex and Ruth Grahame.
Over the last five years, the restaurant has gone from strength-to-strength, with its locally sourced dishes and its stunning, picturesque setting proving popular with locals and visitors from throughout the world.
It has also received critical acclaim, most recently scooping the 2015 Best Chippy Chips in Scotland award from the National Potato Council. It was also awarded with a VisitScotland Thistle Award for best informal dining experience in the north-east and Tayside in 2014.
And with plans to continue the Hornblower’s name as part of a proposed new development at Aberdeen Beach, the restaurant’s current occupants have taken the difficult decision to make the Gourdon premises available.
Alex said: “When we took over the restaurant and takeaway in 2010, little did we know just how much we’d fall in love with not just our work but with Gourdon itself. From the stunning view out across the water to the stories and friendships we’ve formed with our regular customers, to taking pride in how hard our staff have worked throughout the years, we will leave with so many fond memories of our time within the village.
“However, for now, it is business as usual as while we wait for a suitable buyer, the restaurant and takeaway will continue to operate as normal. We will continue to welcome customers old and new to Hornblower’s for their favourite dish.
“Without the support of our loyal customers, we simply wouldn’t have been able to fulfil our dream of running the restaurant and for that we will always be grateful.
“We’re planning to continue the Hornblower’s name in the plans for our new venture at Aberdeen Beach and we’ll be announcing further details once they are confirmed. If the planning application is approved, we’ll be endeavouring to keep the spirit and ethos behind the restaurant and takeaway. We really are seeing this as a see you soon, rather than a long goodbye.”
The plans for the Aberdeen Beach development, which would see Alex and Ruth take over the lease for the site of the former Jimmy Chungs and TC Fish restaurant, include a two-storey 16,000 sq ft restaurant facing the sea front with terraces on the first floor and a heated outdoor sitting area on the ground floor. The proposals also include a 650 sq ft takeaway, a 2,500 sq ft ice cream parlour along with two other restaurants, including The Pier Bistro.