Historic Scottish inn set for boutique hotel revamp

Historic Scottish inn set for boutique hotel revamp

The historic Black Bull Inn in Moffat, Scotland, is set to become a boutique hotel following its acquisition by a local developer.

The 500-year-old building was bought by Charlie Whyte, who plans to redevelop the property into a 15-bedroom hotel with a gastropub, outdoor seating area and whisky bar.

The Black Bull first opened in the 16th century and is famed for the fact that Rabbie Burns inscribed a poem onto one of the panes of glass at the inn.

This is Whyte's first hotel and pub project and he aims to open other hotels in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Whyte's father is the owner of Moffat Manor holiday park.

Whyte said: "As it is a 500-year old building, it has to be treated with respect. We believe we have the necessary skill set and infrastructure in place to do this exciting project justice.

"We aim to create a food and leisure offering that will attract visitors and foodies to Moffat from all over the Scottish Central belt, the North West and North East of England and as far as Yorkshire and the Midlands. This is a beautiful part of Scotland, with much to offer the visitor."

Whyte said he is in discussions with a local restaurateur about a potential partnership to run the food offer, while Moffat-based Manse Interiors has been appointed to oversee the interior design of the property.

"We expect to have a good relationship with the boutique gin bar next door," he added. "Both gin and whisky bars are massively in vogue at the moment and will drive trade to the town."

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