The Court House Coffee Bar & Restaurant in Kinross, Perthshire opened in Spring 2015. The two local entrepreneurs, Jamie Fraser and Gerry Alexander, who started the restaurant, have created a lovely interior from the former Court House. Although it’s a long time since it was a court house – the last case was in 1977 – the history does provide a good back story. For instance, the room now used for private parties was the cell for prisoners while the back of the building was the site of the mortuary and the exercise yard. Clearly, both men could see the building’s potential as a restaurant although neither has a background in hospitality; Jamie Fraser has a recruitment agency and Gerry Alexander provides office space in business centres. However, they’ve recruited experienced staff – manager, Shona Scott’s cv includes The Grouse & Claret and The Pillars of Hercules and Colin White is the head chef.
The food is very good with pizzas cooked to order in their wood fired oven with gluten free bases offered as an option. A selection of gluten free cakes are also available. Burgers, salads and sandwiches can all be washed down with selection of beers or prosecco by the glass.
Although the first six months has been busy with visitors and tourists, particularly during the Ryder Cup, both owners had an idea that the cafe would also be a community space for Kinross where neighbours and friends would meet. Six months on and it looks like the locals agree.
The Court House is open every day from 9am until 6pm. Serving dinner from 5pm until 11pm from Wednesday to Sunday. Closed in the evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays.