Saltire passes taste test

SRPS business development director Amanda Kilburn
SRPS business development director Amanda Kilburn

Saltire Hospitality has won the tender to take over the café operations and the 
famous on train afternoon tea at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway from March 21.

This is the second concession contract for Ingliston-based Saltire Hospitality this year, after winning the contract with the National Library of Scotland in January.

That is in adding to the growing list of concession venues including Rosslyn Chapel and the National Mining Museum which it already operates - including the Burgh Halls in Linilthgow.

The railway, which recently won a Scottish Thistle Award for best visitor attraction, has had its café undergo extensive refurbishment in time for the opening of the season.

David Peters, managing director of Saltire Hospitality commented: “As a company it’s our ethos to only use and endorse Scottish produce and it being the year of Food and Drink we are excited to add this venue as a ‘platform’ to endorse just this”.

Amanda Kilburn, business development director for Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway said: “We awarded Saltire Hospitality the contract as we believe we can work together to create a warm welcome and great catering offer to enhance our visitor experience.

‘‘Saltire Hospitality has an excellent track record in working with other visitor attractions and it is this success and experience that fills us with confidence that they will help us raise the profile of our treasured part of modern Scottish history, and keep with our commitment to Scottish produce and food.

‘‘We cannot wait to show what this great partnership will be offering and bringing to the table in the way of tourism”.

Saltire’s portfolio includes renowned Scottish events such as: Royal Highland Show, Blair Castle Horse Trials, Gardening Scotland, Ayr Flower Show, Dundee Flower Show and Scottish Kennel Club.