New owners hope restaurant venture will be a Shore thing

Friendly and welcoming, new owners Charlotte and Adam Martin are the new owners of The Shore restaurant.

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The Shore restaurant is set to make a welcome return to Whiting Bay when it officially opens for business later this month.

The business is conveniently housed on the shore front in an iconic building which has been a village landmark for many years having previously been a bank, a butcher’s, the village shop and, more recently, a coffee shop and takeaway, which closed last May.

The new owners are Adam and Charlotte Martin, who have returned to Arran with their 20-month-old son. They plan to run The Shore as a community restaurant serving the needs of residents and visitors to Whiting Bay.

Serving a variety of breakfasts, including vegetarian and a full Shore breakfast, the Shore will also offer an extensive lunch menu with daily specials, and for two evenings a week, a pop-up restaurant, held twice a month, and offering an ever-changing, unique and varied menu.

The Martins are no strangers to Arran and island life as Charlotte, who was the first manager of the Auchrannie Playbarn, has previously lived and worked on Arran. Now, following a stint as a teacher in Aberdeen, she is back on the island she developed a love for, returning to be a part of the community in Whiting Bay.

Joined by her husband Adam who has been a head chef in Cumbria for 14 years – six of them at the Hare and Hounds in Bowlands Bridge, where he played a major role in setting up a successful and award-winning restaurant.

The down-to-earth couple say their food can best be described as ‘relaxed gastro pub’. Charlotte said: ‘Our aim is to offer good food, locally sourced and fresh, at affordable prices in relaxed and beautiful surroundings.

‘The Shore has lovely views directly over the beach and is a welcoming place, with a warm wood burning stove and comfortable seating, to enjoy tasty and affordable food with friends, family and visitors.

‘Situated in the heart of the community we hope to play a part in community life and an active role in village activities.’

The Shore officially opens on Wednesday March 13, although they will open, by local request, the day before for an early bird evening dinner menu to coincide with the Scottish Opera performance at Whiting Bay hall.

Booking for the event is essential by calling 700161 and a full copy of the menu, along with opening times and future events, can be found on their website at