Community-supported hotel and gastropub opens in Dumfries & Galloway


The Kenmuir Arms, a new hotel and gastropub funded by a community buyout, has opened its doors in the small village of New Luce, outside Stranraer.

New Luce Community Trust, which is spearheading the renovation of the historic building, aims to enhance the lives of local residents and preserve the natural beauty and heritage of the area.

The Kenmuir Arms, run by Chef Patron Christopher Dougan, intends to create a stand-out culinary experience which showcases the very best Scottish fayre and looks to focus on organic, and under-utilised produce from local suppliers. Dougan has worked in Michelin Star restaurants such as Petrus London and brings over 20 years of experience to The Kenmuir Arms.

He said, “I’ve been fortunate enough to work in some outstanding kitchens around the world but launching The Kenmuir Arms is my most exciting challenge yet. Our aim was to create a beautiful space which offered exquisite fresh and local food with warm and homely rooms.

“We’ve worked closely with New Luce Community Trust and could not be more grateful for their continued support – The Kenmuir Arms is the culmination of a lot of hard work and we’re looking forward to welcoming in locals and guests from further afield.”


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