Inn with a tale to tell for sale

Haunt of Scotland’s national bard is on the market

DUMFRIES & Galloway inn dating back to 1568 – and which is said to have been a favourite haunt of Robert Burns – has been placed on the market.

While the Black Bull Inn & Hotel in Moffat predates the Bard by two centuries, it is claimed to be best known for a poem that Burns etched on to a pane of glass on the premises; Burns’ famous ‘epigram to a scripture nature’ was said to have been written while he was visiting the Black Bull.

The inn has had other claims to fame over the course of its 450-year history, however.

From 1683 to 1685 it is said that the Black Bull was used as the headquarters for Graham of Claverhouse, who was sent by the then English king to suppress ‘rebels’ in the south west.

In more recent times, the Black Bull has undergone a £500,000 refurbishment, which saw the building upgraded throughout.

The Black Bull offers a superb opportunity to acquire a fully refurbished business.

It now boasts 15 letting bedrooms, a 42-cover restaurant, a bar area with seating for 21, a ‘snug’ bar and the adjoining Burns Suite meeting room.

There’s also a sauna on the first floor, a beer garden and staff accommodation.

Alistair Letham of Colliers International, which is marketing the property for offers in the region of £850,000, said: “The Black Bull Inn has been upgraded to provide modern accommodation and facilities throughout, while keeping the historic feel and charm of the original inn.

“The Black Bull offers a superb opportunity to acquire a fully refurbished and operational business, where the new owners can take full advantage of the trading opportunities – and become part of a prosperous and comfortable trading town.”