Couple who swapped New York for Dunkeld delighted to be able to expand business

A couple who have worked in New York, San Francisco and London have swapped the hustle and bustle of city life for Dunkeld.

Roseanna and Morgwn Preston-Jones met back in 2006 whilst working in a coffee shop in Brooklyn.

Married two years later in Manhattan, the couple dreamt of one day setting up their own business – and this year that dream became a reality.

Californian-born Morgwn has worked as a chef in New York, San Francisco and London. His Scots wife Roseanna more recently worked in the flagship Bond Street store of one of Britain’s leading jewellers, Boodles.

In March 2019 the couple moved to Roseanna’s home town of Dunkeld with their daughter Lilly, who is now four.

Having been executive chef for a restaurant group in London, Morgwn became the head chef at The Taybank, before taking over at the Seafood House Restaurant, which later became Z’s Brasserie. He then became head chef at Dunkeld’s Atholl Arms Hotel due to the pandemic making the brasserie unable to operate.

Morgwn said: “My wife grew up in Dunkeld. Her parents live in Birnam.

“It’s been nice to set up home here.”

And what the couple have enjoyed most about Dunkeld is “the strong local community and the beautiful locale full of amazing walks”.

In March 2021 they set up Redwood Wines on Bridge Street where the post office used to be.

Initially they were only able to display wines in a half-metre square until they got their licence extended late last month by Perth and Kinross Licensing Board.

Now they have cause to uncork a bottle in celebration as they can almost triple their selection of wines on offer.

Morgwn told the Perthshire Advertiser : “We can now operate like we initially intended to. We always wanted to be the kind of place where you could come in the morning for an espresso and pick up a bottle for home or come later in the day for a glass of bubbles with an oyster.

“With the full licence we’ve been able to expand our off-sales from a half metre square to 1.44 metres square, which means we can get in a lot more interesting wines that sometimes can’t be found in this part of the world.

“It also means we can operate more like a wine bar so that people can get excited by different wines by the glass or nestle into a bottle and relax with a platter of cheese or house-made charcuterie.”

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