From takeaway to taking time to savour

Gillian holds a special bottle of Springbank whisky bottled for the opening.

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A sandwich shop supremo hopes to tickle fresh palates with his Food for Thought fine dining concept.

In addition the town’s latest eatery has created eight jobs and will soon have a vacancy for a chef de partie.

Just 21 months ago, chef Billy Brodrick, 46, supported by his wife Gillian, began cooking up treats at his Burnside Street take away, styled as Food for Thought.

It was never going to be enough for the food maestro who had already won a raft of awards at Tarbert’s Anchor hotel and worked on the television show The Cook’s Tour.

Mr Brodrick harboured ambitions to bring fine dining to Campbeltown and at 10 Longrow, in a recently refurbished unit, once occupied by Number 10 Bistro, he has opened the Wee Toon’s first dedicated top end modern restaurant which is not a hotel.

Mr Brodrick said: ‘Everything on the menu is made from scratch, nothing is bought in. I begin boiling bones for stock on a Tuesday. I have always worked at country house style restaurants and won rosettes for my cooking.

‘We are already curing own own salmon.’

Mrs Broderick who runs the front of house operation said: ‘This building has lain derelict for years. Many customers have come and said how great it is to see Longrow South looking good again.’

It is a truly family operation and the Brodricks are helped by Gillian’s parents, daughters and a nephew in the kitchen.

Despite aiming for the discerning evening diner the Broderick’s are just as happy to sell teas and cakes in the afternoon and it is all made as fresh as possible.

Mr Brodrick’s first night, last week, was for a private party. He had to push the start date a little bit early, as Sheriff Ruth Anderson QC was determined to celebrate her retirement in grand style.

Gillian Brodrick with waitresses Zoe Pompili, 17, and her daughter Rosie,17. 25_c28Foodforthought01

Gillian holds a special bottle of Springbank whisky bottled for the opening. 25_c28Foodforthought02