Friday, 7 March 2014
Souter’s Inn rises from the ashes
Souter’s Inn, the popular destination eatery at Kirkoswald, near Turnberry in the heart of Burns Country, has risen from the ashes and reopened to the public following a devastating fire.
Having opened six years ago as Souter Johnnie’s Inn on the site of the former schoolhouse attended by Robert Burns, the popular inn was devastated by a fire two years ago prompting owner, Bill Costley of Costley & Costley Hoteliers, to pledge to fully restore it to its former glory.
Whilst the resurrected Souter’s Inn has retained its traditional thatched exterior, inside, the former traditional pub has been given a distinctly contemporary feel, with exposed brickwork and oak featuring throughout. This fresh modern outlook is reflected too in its menu.
Bill Costley (pictured above) said: “I’m pleased to be able to make good on my promise to reopen Souter’s after the fire forced its closure. We may only have just reopened, but already Souter’s has exceeded our most optimistic forecasts and we’re delighted with the response and support we’ve received from locals and tourists alike.
“With a strong emphasis on the quality of our food offering, customer service and contemporary design, Souter’s is ideally located to cater for a brief lunch or refreshment before or after a round of golf, or a sightseeing trip to Burns Country and the many attractions of the West Coast.”
Souter’s is populated by warm and friendly staff offering menus designed to ensure that there is something to tickle everyone’s taste buds with rustic menus featuring popular staple dishes complemented by a range of hand-made cakes, pastries, chocolates and ice-creams.
“The difference between us and other food retailers is that we produce 100 per cent of our own produce – and customers can really taste the difference,” said Costley.
With capacity for 130 diners, Souter’s is adjacent to the old graveyard where the world famous drouthy cronies, Tam o’ Shanter and Souter Johnnie, are buried. A unique destination, the inn sits alongside a garden centre and a tea room, with other retailer outlets due to be announced in the coming weeks.
As with all Costley & Costley hotels and inns, Souter’s Inn is located within minutes of some of the world’s premier championship golf courses at Royal Troon and Turnberry.