The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Souter Johnnie’s Inn places Kirkoswald at heart of Burns Country

Costley & Costley Hoteliers has started work on its ambitious £1 million Souter Johnnie’s Inn at Kirkoswald, near Turnberry, Ayrshire, which looks set to play a central role in the regeneration of the village by placing Kirkoswald at the very heart of Burns Country.

[Picture shows how Souter Johnnie’s Inn will look on completion.]

Located alongside Robert Burns’ former schoolhouse and adjacent to the old graveyard where the world-famous drouthy cronies Tam o’ Shanter and Souter Johnnie are buried, the thatched roofed Souter Johnnie’s Inn will have capacity for 160 diners.

Following extensive refurbishment and renovation of two former public houses, in addition to Souter Johnnie’s Inn, the expansive development will comprise a number of small retail units, including a food hall, flower shop and coffee house which will neighbour a specialist whisky shop developed in conjunction with whisky stockist Dewar Rattray.

[Picture shows Costley & Costley chief executive Bill Costley.]

Costley & Costley chief executive Bill Costley said: “Developed along similar lines to our Cochrane Inn and Alloway Inn, with a strong emphasis on the quality of our food offering, customer service and traditional design, Souter Johnnie’s is ideally located to allow for a brief lunch or refreshment before or after a round of golf, or a sightseeing trip to Burns Country and the wonderful attractions on the West Coast.

“We’ve enjoyed tremendous support for this development from Enterprise Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Council, both of which acknowledge the significant contribution that Souter Johnnie’s will make to the regeneration of Kirkoswald.”

The neighbouring whisky shop, meanwhile, will incorporate a whisky lounge where diners from Souter Johnnie’s are welcome to taste a malt or fine wine, or to simply relax before or after their meal.

Tim Morrison of Dewar Rattray said: “This specialist whisky retail outlet is an entirely new venture for us and is something that I’ve always wanted to do. And as it will offer tastings of various whiskies of distinction and incorporate a small museum of artefacts telling the story of whisky and wine production, our hope is that it will become a destination venue.”

Souter Johnnie’s Inn is scheduled to open for Burn’s Night on 25 January 2008. As with all Costley & Costley hotels and inns, it is located within minutes of some of the world’s premier championship golf courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry.

Other Costley & Costley establishments include: Frognal House; Lochgreen House; Darley House; Highgrove House; Brig o’Doon House; Alloway Inn; Cochrane Inn; Doonbrae House and Afton House. New properties scheduled to open next year include Costley’s Wine Bar and Gallery in Ayr. Costley & Costley Hoteliers was established in 1987 when chef Bill Costley realised his ambition to buy a hotel of his own. Today, Costley & Costley Hoteliers has a turnover of £8.9 million and employs 500 staff, making it one of the largest employers in Ayrshire.



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