Malcolm’s aiming for perfection with new Falkirk restaurant

Malcolm Binnie and his soon-to-open Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar''Picture: Michael Gillen
Malcolm Binnie and his soon-to-open Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar''Picture: Michael Gillen

Restaurateur Malcolm Binnie never finds the heat in the kitchen too hot to handle - in fact he relishes the challenge.

And just like every eating place he has opened, when his latest venture welcomes its first diners he’ll be behind the scenes ensuring the food is the highest standard possible.

Canada Wood Kitchen and Bar is in an idyllic location: situated on Callendar Estate land it overlooks acres of fields and woodland with the Ochil Hills in the distance.

But looks can be deceptive because the district’s newest dining experience will be only seven minutes drive from the heart of Falkirk.

Situated on the edge of the wood from which it takes its name, finishing touches are being put to the restaurant and Malcolm hopes to be serving his first meals within a couple of weeks.

He said: “We’ll be able to offer 60 covers inside but outside there will be space for 120 diners. On a fine day it will be a perfect location to enjoy breakfast right through to dinner with everything in between.

“We want to make it a bit different. All our ingredients will be freshly sourced from small, artisan producers and of the highest quality.”

He has spent a lifetime working in the hospitality industry – he started out at Grangemouth’s Oxgang Hotel aged 16 and latterly was a founding partner in Townhouse Restaurants which have the popular Wheelhouse and Boathouse establishments.

But as with all the businesses he opens, the first six months will find him in chef’s whites working in the kitchen.

“It’s the engine room of any restaurant and it’s important that you get it right from the start,” he said.

With 25 people already hired and just a few posts to fill, Malcolm is juggling opening Canada Wood with his next venture – a Mexican street food takeaway in Falkirk town centre.