Two Peebles restaurants win Michelin Bib Gourmand
Published: 15 Oct 2012 07:30
Osso and Kalzie Gardens both scooped prizes this week - two of only seven establishments in Scotland.
Although both venues are delighted with the success, they admit it's a stressful job staying out in front.
Ally McGrath, the chef and joint owner of Osso, spoke to the Peeblesshire News.
He said: "It's really wonderful to be taking the award once again - it's a great feeling.
"Before it's announced the fear kicks in because once you've got the status you don't want to lose it.
"It's brilliant, though - the team have done really well."
And he told the Peeblesshire News how he's pleased that competitor Kalzie Gardens also won the award.
He continued: "Along with Ruth at Cocoa Black getting through to the chocolatier final, it just makes the town a great little hub for food.
"It's putting Peebles on the map for quality cuisine."
And head chef Ally told us how it's a lot of hard work to maintain the quality of service required to win the award.
He said: "It's all about standards and having good food at excellent value - that's what we're trying to do.
"We just have to keep these levels up, make sure people have an off-day, things like that.
"You're reviewed all year round for the gourmand bib, so as long as we can keep doing what we're doing and even improve, we'll stand a chance."
Ally added: "I really want to say a big thank you to the staff - they've been great.
"And as well as that, to all the customers who have been coming from all around the Borders to eat at Osso."
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