Paul SomervilleMeet the Chef

The Royal Oak is pleased to introduce, award-winning chef, Paul Somerville. With over 25 years experience working in professional kitchens, Paul is leading the team here at The Royal Oak, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and a sumptuous love of food.

Originally from Lochmaben, Paul started his career with a summer job at The Creebridge House Hotel in Newton Stewart and it was here that he developed his love of cooking.

Award Winning ChefMoving south, Paul worked at the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan restaurant, near Reading, Berkshire. To be nearer to his family he moved back to Creebridge, where he developed his career at The Creebridge and subsequently The Selkirk Arms. In 2015 Paul was named Chef of the Year in the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards.

Whether creating a simple but delicious dish or experimenting with a new menu, we are committed to sourcing and using local produce and Paul’s only proviso is that it has to be in season!

Our restaurant welcomes locals and visitors alike and our menu is sure to suit every palate. So whether you are stopping in to sample our Lunch Bites menu after an invigorating walk in the Forest or you are joining friends for dinner, Paul and the team will offer you a warm welcome.

For more information or to make a booking, please call us on 01425 652244