The Nooch Story

James Leask

Nooch is the culmination of a 30-year journey.  Growing up, every evening was centred around sitting down as a family to Mum’s freshly made macaroni, chilli, curries, or the odd fish finger sandwich! Whatever else was going on, that was constant.

Like loads of others, I fell into hospitality at university.  I never imagined whilst making coffee at a local café that over a decade later I would be opening my own restaurant. 

The turning point? Meeting my partner Chloe who, as a vegetarian, changed the way I viewed food and led me to eventually living an almost completely plant-based lifestyle. Over the next couple of years food and drink took on an even greater place in my life.  Opening my eyes to different, exciting things. 

Seeking out vegan restaurants wherever we traveled, dreaming up ideas in our head about what we love in bars and eateries.  All of this led me here to Nooch.  Stirling’s first fully vegan restaurant, bar, and cafe. 

A place where anybody and everybody can gather together to enjoy wholesome, seasonal food in an inclusive and relaxing space.  Share small plates with a glass of wine, a beer or freshly roasted coffee.  Simple, seasonal and sincere. 

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