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Moffat, the new pie and mash capital of Scotland?

By Fiona Reid
Moffat, the new pie and mash capital of Scotland?

MOFFAT’S iconic Black Bull Inn has been transformed offering a chic bar, stylish rooms and even a pie and mash themed restaurant.

The 16th century site, which lay empty for years, was bought over by Richmond Wight Estates, owners of the Moffat Manor Holiday Park in Beattock, and the company have given the popular hotel a very contemporary overhaul.

The listed Black Bull is one of the oldest inns in Scotland, and is famed forapoem written on a pane of glass by Rabbie Burns.

Offering 15 bedrooms, including eight outside in the former bar, the rooms are light and bright while the bar and restaurant are cosy and traditional with stylish twists, from wall mounted bulls to impressive lighting.

George Fullton is the man in charge, the general manager said: “A lot of time and effort has gone into transforming this historic hotel, it’s had a complete image overhaul.

“I think it will be popular with locals who can come enjoyameal and a drink as well as tourists and people from neighbouring towns.”

He added: “Our menu is something very different for the town, it’s pie and mash themed, it’s all about good hearty food and so far it’s been incredibly popular. “We are a really inclusive and modern place, we hope to have 80 per cent of our menu gluten free soon and we also offer skillets, pies without the pastry, for anyone watching their waistlines. “Hopefully it’s something that Moffat can become well known for.”

The hotel also prides itself on being disability friendly, with many of its rooms easily accessed by wheelchair as well as the bar and restaurant.

And even dogs are invited to visit the pooch friendly establishment.

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