The Allanton Inn in Berwickshire, is an award-winning traditional pub and restaurant with rooms. Husband and wife team Katrina and William Reynolds have just celebrated ten years at the helm, with Katrina’s family farming in the local area for over 70 years.
Sporting visitors make up a significant part of their business in a normal year, some staying as guests and others dining in the restaurant. Katrina Reynolds said:
“Country sports are really important in Berwickshire – there are lots of sporting estates and the shooting season has a major impact on tourism.
“Many of the visitors are from the UK although we have an increasing number from Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Eastern Europe, especially Latvia. They love Scotland and its traditions. The shooting visitors extend the season into the Autumn and Winter so we have reliable revenue at a time when we wouldn’t normally be busy.”
Seasonal menus at The Allanton feature local produce including game, pheasant and venison in season. The Allanton is embedded in the local community, providing jobs and training to young people and a full one-year apprenticeship to budding chef, Joey Brown, who is looking to continue his career in Edinburgh.
- In Scotland the grouse season is worth £32m each year
- Supporting 2,640 jobs, often in remote communities
- Rural businesses in the Lammermuirs benefited from trade with estates worth £466,274 on average in 2017