Andy Gem­mell’s Drinks Cabi­net The Clachan Inn 8-10 Main Street St Johns Town of Dalry

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If you’re game, try their wood pi­geon and for­aged wild gar­lic and poached pineap­ple with spicy pink pep­per­corns

What is it:

Lau­rie Burnie and Phil Pap­worth have been run­ning The Clachan Inn for five years. They have turned it into a multi-award win­ning venue. It’s in the vil­lage of St John’s Town of Dalry on the edge of the Gal­loway For­est Park, half way along the South­ern Up­land Way. As well as a cosy pub and restau­rant they also have six rooms.

In­ter­est­ing fact:

In April The Clachan Inn won over­all win­ner at the CAMRA Pub of the Year Awards for Dum­fries, beat­ing some amaz­ing places. This isn’t the first time they’ve been nom­i­nated, af­ter get­ting close to win­ning in 2014 and 2015. As well as this award they also won The Friendli­est Pub award in 2016 at The Scot­tish This­tle Awards. And af­ter vis­it­ing, I can con­firm that the awards are war­ranted – you def­i­nitely get a warm wel­come here.


The Clachan is a tra­di­tional coun­try pub. Many claim to be that but here they tick all the boxes. A build­ing which is packed with charm and char­ac­ter both in­side and out, friendly knowl­edge­able staff, lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents, great beer and drinks in an at­trac­tive vil­lage. Com­bine this with own­ers who are con­stantly try­ing to in­tro­duce new dishes and drinks then you have a recipe for suc­cess.


Lau­rie and Phil have made sure that it’s not just about the food by putting to­gether a great of­fer­ing of Scot­tish drinks. From ro­tat­ing beer on tap, sin­gle malt whisky to an ex­ten­sive gin se­lec­tion there is pretty much ev­ery­thing you would need here to keep ev­ery­one happy on a night out.


You’ll find favourites like hearty home­made pies and tra­di­tional fish and chips but you’ll also find in­no­va­tive dishes that of­fer some­thing a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing. If you’re game, try their wood pi­geon and for­aged wild gar­lic and poached pineap­ple with spicy pink pep­per­corns.


Good value for money here to keep the lo­cals and tourists com­ing back for more.


Kid friendly, with a good menu for the wee ones.

Per­fect for:

A day trip down to Dum­fries and Gal­loway with the fam­ily to ex­pe­ri­ence some old fash­ioned hospi­tal­ity and lo­cally-sourced food.

Avoid if:

I don’t see many rea­sons why you would. If you are pass­ing and don’t pop in you’re miss­ing a trick.

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