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The Ship Inn (Dumfries)

The Ship Inn in Dumfries has been taken over by Hawthorn Leisure and is now functioning again.  Hawthorn recently bought 270 or so pubs from Belhaven (Greene King).  Besides the Ship it now has 4 other pubs in Dumfries - The Mount Sydney, Lochthorn Inn (used to be the Vacuna), the Stag and the Lochside Tavern.

Hawthorn is owned an American,Oxford-educated Noah Bulkin, who made his money as a mergers and acquisitions banker for Merrill Lynch and Lazard before leaving last year to start his own pub company.  He now has an acquired empire of around 350 pubs throughout the UK. 

The Queensberry has given up cask ales ...

The Queensberry Hotel in Dumfries has finally thrown in the towel with regard to cask ales.

Part of the Smith & Jones chain, the hotel has dabbled with cask ales since it opened a few years ago.  Seems they have now decided to stop serving it.


The Waverley Bar has also stopped serving Real Ale

The Waverley Bar next to the station in Dumfries has also stopped selling cask ales.  We will miss this one as it was a handy stop for those who were waiting to catch a train to Glasgow or Carlisle.


Two New

Ale Outlets

The Nithsdale Hotel

We’ve heard that the Nithsdale Hotel in Sanquhar (photo above) is serving live ales. Great news - as up until now Upper Nithsdale has been devoid of any ale.  We need someone to do a proper visit to the pub and let us have a report and the other details for the pub.  If you can manage that, contact Liam Chalmers for information.

The Riverside Bar

The GOOD News is that Anne Magee who was running the Ship before it closed has taken over the Riverside Inn in Dock Park.  She has 4  ales on Tap - 2 resident ales (Deuchars and Old Speckled Hen) and 2 guests.  The pub isn’t tied to any brewer, so Anne has a free hand to bring in some interesting guests.


We’ll keep you advised and post pages for each pub on the website as soon as possible