New Hotel and Gastropub opens in Dumfries and Galloway

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Community-supported hotel and gastropub with rooms opens in Dumfries and Galloway

The Kenmuir Arms has opened in the riverside village of New Luce, Dumfries and Galloway, following a community buyout that funded its complete refurbishment.

Run by Chef Patron Christopher Dougan,  The Kenmuir Arms aims to create a stand-out culinary experience which showcases the very best Scottish fayre while exploring flavours inspired by Christopher’s global travels.

Christopher Dougan said,

“I’ve been fortunate enough to work in some outstanding kitchens around the world but launching The Kenmuir Arms is my most exciting challenge yet. Our aim was to create a beautiful space which offered exquisite fresh and local food with warm and homely rooms.

“We’ve worked closely with New Luce Community Trust and could not be more grateful for their continued support – The Kenmuir Arms is the culmination of a lot of hard work and we’re looking forward to welcoming in locals and guests from further afield.

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Located just nine miles away from Stranraer, The Kenmuir Arms is the perfect base for golfing, fishing, walking and cycling and is located near to the Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Skies Park.

Available is an eight-course tasting menu which is available from Wednesday to Saturday.  The tasting menu is priced at £75pp with a matching wine flight £50pp. There is also a full a la carte menu on offer with dishes such as BBQ pork, jerk spiced chicken wings and homemade pies.

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The Sunday Lunch Menu features the likes of rabbit terrine with white bean casserole as a starter; roast sirloin or a guest roast of the week; dripping roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables grown in the onsite allotment and freshly baked bread and house butter.

As well as delicious-sounding food,   The Kenmuir Arms has three ensuite bedrooms with a full Scottish farmhouse breakfast included.

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For further information or to book a table/room visit .




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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