A Call to Arms

Business partners Les Ross and Lewis Boddy are the new lessees at The Douglas Arms – aka The Dougie – on Dumfries’s Friars Vennel.

Broughton Ales is managing the lease on behalf of the family owners, and it’s the second lease take-on from the business partners after The Hi-Hat, above the Queen of the South pub on the town’s Nith Place, which the duo refurbished and opened with their other business partner Mark Klose earlier this year.

The Dougie has also been refurbished. Les Ross told DRAM, “It’s in a historic part of town, with the pub dating back to the mid-1800s, and the refurbishment’s been sympathetic to this. We got a traditional sign-writer, Katie Anderson, to hand paint the pub’s original sign, while we’ve painted most of it hague blue inside. The snug pops with ruby red walls.

“All the banquette seating has been re-upholstered in distressed caramel leather and we’ve installed a new jukebox. We’ve also completely refitted the gent’s toilets.”

Offering-wise, they’re stocking a wide range of bottled ales and craft beers.

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