New Head Chef to take the reins

We are delighted to announce that Ryan Millar has been appointed as our new Head Chef.

Ryan starts early October and will take the reins from Jake Hopkins who is set to go travelling the world. Our sincere thanks to Jake and Nicole for all their hard work over the years, we wish them happy travels and good luck.

Ryan will be showcasing his first taster menu on our Gourmet night on Friday 20th October to launch the Kirkcudbright Food Festival weekend before we launch our new winter menu the following week. Ryan brings a wealth of experience to the Selkirk including stints as Senior Pastry Chef at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, Head Chef at Zinzi Restaurant at Hunter Hotel, Western Cape in South Africa  and more recently at the Horseshoe Inn at Eddleston near Peebles. A keen cyclist and runner, he arrives in Galloway with his wife Anneli, a beauty therapist  and their young daughter.

We really hope they settle in Galloway and look forward to a new chapter in the continual development of our menus, local procurement and above all quality food at affordable prices. We’ll keep you posted on menu developments.

You can follow Ryan on his foodie instagram site at

2 thoughts on “New Head Chef to take the reins

  1. Ryan has been our Pastry Chef at The Horseshoe Restaurant with Rooms in Eddleston near Peebles for almost 3 years and during that time, his work was worthy of a Michelin star.

    Ryan is of exemplary character and is a really nice chap; your team will find him a delight to work with.

    The South of Scotland has so much to offer; Ryan has tasted The Scottish Borders and he can now look forward to life in Dumfries & Galloway, another beautiful part of the area.

    Chris Walker has made an excellent appointment and guests of The Selkirk Arms have much to look forward to.

    David & Jean Downie
    The Horseshoe Restaurant with Rooms

    • David and Jean – Thank you for your kind words – it means a lot to us and we look forward to seeing you here in Kirkcudbright very soon to see how Ryan is getting on. Thank you.
      Chris & Sue Walker

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