Andy Gemmell’s Drinks Cabinet The Clachan Inn 8-10 Main Street St Johns Town of Dalry
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.
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.
A day trip down to Dumfries and Galloway with the family to experience some old fashioned hospitality and locally-sourced food.
I don’t see many reasons why you would. If you are passing and don’t pop in you’re missing a trick.