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Annandale Distillery Company Ltd. has acquired The Globe Inn in Dumfries.
The Globe, which has stood on the site since 1610, was famously frequented by Scottish poet Robert Burns who would often stay there in his capacity as Exciseman for the area. He was also a regular patron in later years when he moved his family to Dumfries. His chair still sits by the fire, and the verse he etched into the glass windows attracts visitors from around the world. The site is also significant as being where the Mausoleum Committee met in 1819 to arrange an annual celebration of the Bard’s life – effectively one of the first ever Burns Suppers – and established the Dumfries Burns Club in 1820.
Annandale owners Teresa Church and David Thomson have modest plans for the historic site that’s been owned and operated since 1935 by the McKerrow family. Visitors can expect an update to the public facilities and a new menu overseen by Head Chef Jonathan Brett, whose hearty food is a highlight for visitors to Annandale Distillery.
‘Our principal concern is the preservation of this historic landmark’, says Church. ‘The process of sympathetically restoring the distillery buildings in Annan stirred up a real passion in us for discovering and protecting the remarkable history of our region. When the opportunity to own The Globe came up, we leapt at the chance to be custodians of such a historically significant site.’
The Globe will close for a short time when the Annandale team take ownership on 30th November, but will reopen on 10th December 2018.