The Kilted Chef’s restaurant cooks up success with Barclays deal

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Eat on the Green, one of the North East’s most well-established restaurants, is planning for future growth thanks to support from Barclays.

The fine dining restaurant in Udny, Aberdeenshire, which was founded by ‘The Kilted Chef’ Craig Wilson, has secured a £125k commercial mortgage from the bank, allowing the business to build on its already strong reputation for serving locally sourced Scottish food.

Offering modern Scottish cuisine within the cosy confines of what was once a small village pub, Eat on the Green has been run by award-winning chef Craig and his wife Lindsay since its opening in 2004.

The husband and wife team approached Barclays with aspirations to grow the business further following recent refurbishments. Barclays offered expert advice and support through Business Manager Rebecca Ainsley.

Craig Wilson, Chef Proprietor at Eat on the Green, who also designed the menus for Aberdeen Aiport’s new Northern Lights Executive Lounge, commented: “With uncertainty continuing to affect the catering trade in the North East, we were keen to reinforce our hard-won reputation as one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Aberdeenshire.

“We were really impressed with the bespoke approach and personal service Barclays offered us. It’s great to know that support is there whenever we need it and this deal means that we can get on with the day job of ensuring our customers have the best possible dining experience whenever they visit us.”

Stuart Brown, Head of SME Scotland, Barclays, said: “Eat on the Green has a devoted customer base and enjoys a formidable reputation in the local area for its quality dining experience. Craig and Lindsay have a clear vision for the future of the restaurant to build on its existing success.

“With our support, the business has successfully navigated what has in recent times been a challenging local economy, and this additional funding will allow it to continue to evolve, a clear reflection of our commitment to help Scottish companies thrive and prosper.”

This transaction is the latest in a series of deals from Barclays to support the SME market across the country via the bank’s Scottish SME fund. Launched in June 2016, the £500m fund provides access to funding for businesses across all sectors with turnover up to £25m and reflects Barclays’ commitment to fostering a positive environment for Scottish enterprise to grow.

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