Scottish hotel asks to be stripped of Michelin star

Martha Elwell By Martha Elwell
02 October 2017 | Updated 02 October 2017

UK: Boath House wants top culinary honour revoked

Scottish country house hotel Boath House has asked to be stripped of its Michelin star as the expectations generated by the award are "at odds with achievable profit margins".

The hotel was awarded the Michelin star ten years ago. Boath House owners Don and Wendy Matheson now want to move in a different direction, focusing on a family-friendly dining concept.

The request follows that of chef Sebastien Bras for his restaurant in Le Suquet, France. Le Suquet has held three stars since 1999. Bras asked to be dropped from the guide citing a desire to "start a new chapter".

Wendy Matheson told the BBC: "While we are extremely proud of the Michelin star we gained ten years ago, and it undoubtedly enhanced our reputation, our restaurant has consistently made a loss. We believe the expectations from Michelin are at odds with achievable profit margins and put an enormous stress on a small, family-run business like ours. The feedback we hear time and again from customers is they want an experience that is more informal and relaxed."

Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, said: "There has certainly been a trend towards more informal dining over the past ten years or so and Michelin has been at the forefront of recognising and celebrating that."

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