Dundee pub to reopen after four-year closure

Refurb project cost a claimed £630,000

A DUNDEE pub is set to reopen its doors after a four-year closure and a £630,000 refurbishment.

The Mercantile on the city’s Commercial Street will be renamed The Barrelman when it is opened by new licensees Tommy and Jacqueline Fox.

The project, which the couple are undertaking in conjunction with Star Pubs & Bars, will transform the interior of the venue, with additions including wooden flooring, exposed brickwork and new furniture and fittings as well as a new kitchen and customer toilets. An upstairs function room will be able to cater for 80 customers and the exterior of the building will receive new lighting and signage.

The pub, which is due to relaunch late-September, will open at 11am with food served all day.

“The Mercantile has been a landmark of Dundee for 150 years and we wanted to pay tribute to the city’s history in the pub,” said Tommy.

“A barrelman was the person stationed in a barrel on the foremasts of early oceangoing vessels to help with navigation. There would have been a barrelman on the RRS Discovery, so the name brings together Dundee’s seafaring past and our vision of exploring new flavours with customers at the pub.

“It’s had a great response from people we’ve spoken to.”