Rochelle Canteen alumni to reopen historic Scottish pub

By James McAllister

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Rochelle Canteen restaurant chef to reopen historic Scottish pub

Related tags: Fife, Restaurant, Pub

Rochelle Canteen alumni James Ferguson and Alethea Palmer are today (25 September) set to reopen a historic pub in Fife, Scotland.

The 17th​ Century Kinneuchar Inn​, located in the East Neuk village of Kilconquhar and owned by the nearby Balcaskie estate, has been closed for two years.

Following a recent refurbishment, the pub is set to relaunch with Ferguson overseeing the kitchen and Palmer, his partner, leading the front of house operation.

The pub will feature a 32-cover restaurant alongside ‘traditional’ pub area and private events space.


Ferguson’s food will ‘focus wholeheartedly on the integrity of the ingredients without over-complicating the plate’.

The menu will change daily and feature a selection of locally-caught fish and shellfish, as well as native breed meats and game.

As part of the refurbishment a purpose-built butchery has been installed, which Ferguson and the team will use to store whole carcases that he will then butcher on site.

Originally from Halifax with Scottish and Greek heritage, Ferguson, who initially trained as a classical pianist, has 20 years of industry experience.

As well as previously heading the kitchen at Rochelle Canteen with Margot Henderson, he was also the head chef of the now defunct Beagle in Hoxton when it launched in 2013.

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