1 Michelin Star Chefs: Keith Braidwood, chef/co-owner, Braidwoods

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Keith Braidwood is chef /co-owner of the once Michelin starred, Braidwoods in Ayrshire.

Braidwoods is run and owned by husband and wife team Keith and Nicola Braidwood who are both part of the Master Chefs of Great Britain scheme.


Braidswoods restaurant
Braidwoods restaurant

Braidwoods, Dalry, Ayrshire KA24 4LN

Website: https://www.braidwoods.co.uk/

Tel: 01294 833 544

Opening hours:
Lunch Wednesday to Saturday 12pm to 1:30pm; Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 7pm to 9pm; Monday closed

Head chef: Keith Braidwood
Restaurant manager: Keith and Nicola Braidwood

Facebook: Braidwoods Restaurant


Celebrating 22 years in the business, Keith and his wife Nicola had worked for a slew of high profile establishments before setting out to open their own restaurant. This includes stints at The Peat Inn in Fife, the Royal Oak at Yattendon, Murrayshall House and Shieldhill Hotel amongst others.

keith and nicola braidwood
Keith and Nicola Braidwood

Food style

Keith and Nicola devote a lot of their time to finding the finest ingredients for their cooking, they are mostly sourced locally and respect the traditions of haute-Cuisine: painstaking preparation, freshly made stocks and sauces and finally an excellent attention to detail.

The pair like to be creative when it comes to dish creation using modern dishes on otherwise traditional themes. Locally caught seafood and Scottish lamb, deer and game birds are the staples of their ever-changing menu as is their use of exotic herbs and spices.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

michelin star


Braidwoods Hardens

Awards and accolades

Braidwoods, Dalry is run by husband and wife team Keith and Nicola Braidwood. In 2000 they won a star in the Michelin Guide UK, an accolade the duo have been fortunate enough to retain every year since making Braidwoods the longest running Michelin star holder in Scotland.

That same year, Keith won Chef of the Year from the Scottish Chefs Association following in the footsteps of the likes of Andrew Radford, the Atrium; Nick Nairn of Nairns and David Wilson from the Peat Inn. A year later the Good Food Guide named Braidwood their Scottish Restaurant of the Year. In 2016 the Good Food Guide also scored Braidwoods 5 out of 10.

Other notable awards include an Egon Ronay star in 2005, which lists the top 200 restaurants. During this year only a handful of Scottish restaurants were acknowledged on the list.

The AA has also said that their restaurant is “the best restaurant in Scotland”. Nicola is also a former Scottish Young Chef of the Year.

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Editor 3rd November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Keith Braidwood, chef/co-owner, Braidwoods