Amber Taverns open in Dumfries


Blackpool-based Amber Taverns has opened The Imperial on Queensberry Street, Dumfries, following a £600K investment – with another two Scottish sites planned for 2020, one on Kilmarnock High Street, which they have planning permission for, while an application has been lodged to covert a former Burton’s in Kirkcaldy into a pub.

The Imperial is Amber Taverns’ third Scottish pub opening after Paisley’s The Northern Way, on Causeyside Street, and The Old Post Office on Coatbridge Main Street.

The pub group, part of Kildale Topco Ltd, acquired the building in September last year and its Property Director, Sam Frankland, told DRAM, “The name is a nod to the days when it was a high-class restaurant of the same name. We chose Dumfries because it ticked all the boxes in terms of the population size, plus it’s near our other unit in Carlisle.

It was latterly a FarmFoods, which we stripped out and refitted in eight weeks. We’re in the business of creating community pubs with

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