Ben Watson has been confirmed as the pub’s new general manager of The Bridge Inn, Ratho Ben trained as a chef under the guidance of his late father Ian Watson and has worked at the AA Pub of the Year for Scotland for the past seven years. He had stepped up to the role of GM on a temporary basis, following the departure of the previous manager. Ben continues to manage the kitchen brigade and oversee menu development, as well as playing a much bigger role in front of house management and the general day to day running of the business.
The multi award winning pub, which is feted for its food, has held an AA Rosette for the last five years, is one of just two Scottish establishments on Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropub’s list and features in the Michelin Guide. The Bridge Inn is also up for Gastro Pub of The Year at the SLTN Awards of which winners will be announced at a ceremony on 1 November at the Glasgow Hilton.
Commenting on his new permanent role at The Bridge Inn, Ben said: “I’ve enjoyed the challenge of the last 16 months and am delighted to move positively forward and focus my entire energy on the role of general manager. The role will afford me great opportunities to continue driving the business forward at what is an exciting time for Scottish hospitality. I have amassed a great deal of experience over the years from some fantastic people in the industry and I am looking forward to putting those skills to good use and helping the already strong team continue to grow and develop into top operators within the Scottish hospitality sector.”