Whilst we are staying safe indoors to protect our loved ones and the NHS, we thought we would share some insights about the Great Inns of Britain. We explore some of the beautiful views, and historic scenery equated to our inns, in preparation for when we can freely go outside again and reconnect once more.
Many of our inns are in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), such as The Castle Hotel, on the Cambrian Way, The Lamb Inn adjacent to the stunning scenery of the Seven Sisters on the magnificent South Downs and the Victoria Inn on the beautiful Norfolk coast. Our inns are also notable for their historic significance such as the Inn at Whitewell which can trace its roots right back to the 1300s, when it was home to Walter Urswick, keeper of the King’s Forest of Bowland.
“Some hae meat and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it, but we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit.”
The Selkirk Grace by Robert Burns
We start our journey on the glorious coastline and rocky shoreline of Dumfries & Galloway, were we find the Selkirk Arms. Dating back to 1777, and famous as the birthplace of Robert Burns Selkirk Grace, this delightful inn perfectly captures the charm, history and heritage of Kirkcudbright.
Owners Chris and Sue Walker have been sharing their hospitality in Dumfries & Galloway for over 30 years, 12 of which spent at The Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright. Set in the famous high street and just a stone’s throw from the vibrant working harbour, the traditional townhouse hotel has extended a friendly welcome to guests from far and wide.
Known as the ‘Artist’s Town, due to its flourishing colony of painters and craft workers since 1850, artists such as Charles Oppenheimer, Jessie M King, Tim Jeffs and E A Hornell, flocked to this delightful town, perched on the banks of the River Dee. It’s characterful cobbled streets, lined with pastel coloured houses and quaint 18th century boulevards, recreated in many a watercolour landscape and the inspiration for many crafts from pottery to prose. The James Alcock film (2018) Kirkcudbright Artists Remembered celebrates the work of these artists, and brings the story right up to date with contemporary crafters and artists currently inspired by this beautiful town.
During lockdown, the Selkirk Arms is sharing the fruits of its glorious kitchen and chef to lighten the mood and provide some tasty respite with some simple recipes to make at home. With lots of seasonal flavours and classic dishes with a Selkirk Arms twist, from Chicken Katsu Curry or Vegan Nasi-Goreng Stir Fry to White Chocolate Cheesecake or Rhubarb Trifle, there’s a flavour to treat every taste-bud. You can check out the full list of delicious recipes by visiting the website here.
Following this period of prolonged containment, we will all be looking forward to relishing some fresh air and freedom. The Selkirk Arms provides the perfect base to appreciate the great outdoors from golfing, walking and cycling to dark sky star gazing or a stroll on a secluded beach, Chris and Sue look forward to offering a very warm welcome to you soon.