The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Costley and Costley open Souter Johnnie’s Inn
in Kirkoswald Ayrshire

From Our Own Correspondent

Costley & Costley Hoteliers has this month opened the £1 million Souter Johnnie’s Inn at Kirkoswald, near Turnberry in Ayrshire.


Set to play a central role in the regeneration of the village by placing Kirkoswald at the very heart of Burns Country, Souter Johnnie’s Inn is 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, which has capacity for 160 diners, is part of an expansive development comprising a number of small retail units, including a food hall, flower shop and coffee house which neighbour a specialist whisky shop developed in conjunction with whisky stockist Dewar Rattray.

Costley & Costley chief executive Bill Costley (pictured above) said: “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 of Scotland.

“We’ve enjoyed tremendous support for this development from Scottish 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, incorporates 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 quickly establish itself as a destination venue.”

As with all Costley & Costley hotels and inns, Souter Johnnie’s Inn is located within minutes of some of the world’s premier championship golf courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry.

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