New owners for Mintlaw’s Saplinbrae

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The Saplinbrae Hotel, near Mintlaw, will soon be re-opening its doors after having suddenly closed in January of this year.

The popular hotel has been taken over by husband and wife team, Noel and Joanna Gall.

The couple have already established themselves in the North-East as the current proprietors of The Lodge (Strichen) and The Café at Aden.

Joanna has a strong background in the hospitality industry, having worked at Ackergill Tower and The Dorchester before moving to Buchan in 2010 to get married.

She told the Buchanie: “We are very excited to be the force behind the re-establishment of Saplinbrae.

“We have a very strong team of local staff working alongside us, who are sure to augment the Saplinbrae experience, and we cannot wait to see Saplinbrae up and running once more.”

“We hope to be able to showcase the best of Scottish and British food in a relaxed setting.

“Being farmers ourselves, we understand the importance of provenance and the need to support our local suppliers.

“We have made a relentless commitment to sourcing products from Buchan and Scotland at The Lodge and Aden, and this will be continued at Saplinbrae.”

“We are delighted to have Ross Buchan, our current, very popular chef at The Lodge, and Kirsty Bruce, who was employed, most recently, in Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel, heading up the kitchen team.

“Both chefs’ natural passion for Scottish produce and relaxed dining makes them ideally suited to the style of food we wish to create.

“We really want to promote all-day dining at Saplinbrae” said Joanna.

“We will be welcoming guests for morning coffee and scones, lunch and afternoon tea as well as dinner.

““We will be offering comfortable, country chic accommodation to our guests.

“The hotel itself is set in several acres of picturesque grounds, and we will be encouraging guests to enjoy the peace and open space Buchan has to offer.

Saplinbrae Hotel and Lodges is due to re-open to the public in early December.