I’ve always wanted my own restaurant – I’m sure it’s every chef’s dream. It all started in Bermuda (another small island!) where Elaine and I met. As most chefs will tell you their partner is often in the same industry due to the hours and lifestyle!
After 2 years in Bermuda and a brief stop in Scotland I was offered a job as an Oyster Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. Having not shucked many oysters I got practicing as this opportunity was too good to pass up.
Fast forward 9 years, a wedding, 2 daughters, a Michelin Star, a year in Taiwan and lots of Dim Sum we left Asia for more adventures and a great job on the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai.
We would always come back to Scotland for holidays and to see family, we came to Tobermory for a holiday and quickly fell in love with the pretty town and it’s people never thinking we could one day call it home.
Dubai – London – Singapore and sadly Covid took its toll in the world. We saw a small restaurant for sale in Tobermory and made one more international move to put down roots for good. We took a gamble but the “The Galleon – Bistro on the Brae” is now ours and Tobermory is our home.
We plan to bring everything we’ve learnt and seen over the years to the menu and we are looking forward to being part of the community, please come and see us and say hi 🙂
Martin, Elaine, Hannah and Amy