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Historic inn goes to local operator

Publican Joe McGettrick takes helm at Elgin business

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• Thunderton House operates as a bar and restaurant with letting and owner’s accommodation.

AN Elgin inn said to be steeped in history has been acquired by a local publican after its parent firm went into administration.

Joe McGettrick has bought Thunderton House, an 18th century coaching inn which is said to have been used by Bonnie Prince Charlie as a hiding place before the battle of Culloden in 1746.

Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have used the inn as a hiding place before the battle of Culloden.

Thunderton House operates as a bar and restaurant with separate letting accommodation and an owner’s flat.
The business, which was part of the R&L Estate pub group, was acquired by McGettrick for an undisclosed sum from an asking price of offers over £325,000 for the freehold.
CDLH director Peter Darroch, who handled the sale, said: “Thunderton House is a fantastic historic building, set within the centre of the affluent market town of Elgin.
“Given the historic age of the premises, Thunderton House benefits from many original features, including stone detailing, timber floors, fireplaces and other original architectural features.
“Following an extensive marketing campaign, we are delighted that Mr McGettrick has purchased the premises.
“It is great to see a local and experienced publican acquiring the premises who is well aware of the history and background to the asset and will continue operating the business as a quality licensed establishment.”

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