Words With Grant

Back in the autumn, we featured a review of The Stair Arms at Pathhead. Int his month’s Words With… the inn’s owner, Grant Ramsay, shares a snapshot of his life as hotelier and chef.

What’s your connection to the Lothians?

I was born in Cramond, and moved here, to the Stair Arms Hotel, at the age of eighteen. I’ve now been part of the business for twenty-six years.

What are the best things about living in the Lothians?

I have very fond childhood memories of Sunday lunches at Cramond Brig, and now, taking the kids and walking the dogs in Vogrie and Dalkeith Country Parks, are high on the list. It’s great to live far enough from Edinburgh to enjoy country life, while still having the city on the door step

Are you a ‘gloomy-fog-over-the-castle’ or a ‘summer-on-Princes Street-gardens’ type?

Definitely the gloomy-fog option!

How would you introduce us to your career/life/passion?

I fell into catering when my parents bought the Stair Arms, and (luckily) I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve developed a passion for cooking, and especially with using local ingredients. I love nothing more than a busy restaurant service! And the great thing is, no two days are ever the same. I’m never bored.

What’s your greatest achievement so far – personally or professionally?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the renovations and improvements we have achieved in the hotel. I’m delighted to be a hands-on project manager, painter, and general skivvy!

And when you’re not working? 

Has to be time spent with my family, the children – and our new puppy.

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