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Little's restaurant in Rattray, Blairgowrie created in historic church now open
Little's restaurant in Rattray, Blairgowrie created in historic church now open

19/02/2018

Chef/fishmonger Willie Little has  officially opened the doors to his new Little's Restaurant redeveloped from the former Riverside Methodist Church
 
Chef/Proprietor Willie Little, who is also an award winning fishmonger, has revealed the results of nearly eighteen months of hard work at the former Riverside Methodist Church. The building is just over the River Ericht from the original Little's Restaurant, which is situated at Wellmeadow.  Read our review of the original Littles restaurant here

The pink sandstone building, completed in 1887, and most notable for its stunning commemorative stained glass window dedicated to the role of the Labour Corps in WW1, is now a stylish restaurant including a bar and seating area with comfortable sofas, plus a private dining area. Many original period features have been retained, including the pulpit and font. 

The new restaurant also includes a raised seating area where snacks and light lunches will be served. The outside space has been fully landscaped to include a carpark. 

Said Willie Little: "I am delighted to announce the end of this exciting and challenging project. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped make this dream a reality – my team of builders and tradesmen have all worked extremely hard – it has been a labour of love to create a new use for this historic building and I am very excited about showing off the results to Littles customers old and new,” he said. "We’ve fused old and new with state of the art modern toilets, and the new kitchen.”

From the outset of the project Willie had been keen to safeguard the notable stained glass windows in the Church, with the window commemorating the sacrifice made by Labour Corps in WW1 being the only one of its type in the British Isles.

"I am really pleased that the atmospheric grandeur of the Church, with these amazing windows, has been preserved. It is really breath taking and it’s putting them in front of a new congregation to enjoy if you like. I think diners will be blown away by this truly inspiring space which deserves to be retained in the community,” said Willie.


 "I think we have created something Rattray and Blairgowrie can be really proud of.”


 For further details on Littles Restaurant check out www.littlesrestaurant.co.uk.

 
 
 
St. George for courage.
St. Paul for endurance.
The patriarch Job for fortitude, and
General Gordon for self-sacrifice.
 

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