GM Spotlight: Dennis Forsyth

Seeing as it’s summer, we decided to spotlight seven GMs of venues renowned for their excellent outdoor areas. Here’s what DENNIS FORSYTH of Cheers, Fraserburgh, had to say.

Dennis Forsyth is the big personality behind Fraserburgh’s Cheers Cafe Bar, which has been in business for some 40 years. Dennis took over the reins as owner-manager in 2005 and
the pub’s gem of an outdoor area is a real credit to him – it has to be one of Scotland’s absolute best.

As a previous winner of best outdoor area at the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards, he’s made the beer garden an attractive proposition to his customers, as well as picking up a host of other awards along the way.

Part of the outdoor area is one huge conservatory, plus there’s also another area that is roofed and open at the sides so that Dennis can offer his customers a shot of vitamin D from the sun even if it’s one of those four-seasons-in-one-day type of days.

Said Dennis, “We’re always keeping it looking smart because, with 60 covers, it’s an integral part of the business. The conservatory doors open concertina-style onto the outdoor area, which is also served by its own bar and toilets. We’ve also installed a ramp for disabled access and a disabled toilet that can accommodate mobility vehicles.” He continued,

“Work begins on our new development next year when we’ll add an extension to the beer garden including a stage area, outdoor bbq and seating area.

“We own an adjacent building and we will be joining its backdoor area to ours. Quite a big project.”

Dennis stocks over 1100 spirits, as well as producing their own gin and vodka liqueurs.

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