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The Trout Inn

Our Community Development Worker has been carrying out investigatory work into the possibility of the community purchasing, managing and running the Trout Inn as a bar and restaurant. The proposal for this project, is to refurbish the building and provide an attractive and welcoming venue with food, drink and entertainment offering for local people, whilst also attracting people from outside of the village and encouraging passers-by to stop, rather than driving straight through. This in turn will increase footfall into the village and increase spend, working to substantially improve the local economy and create a sustainable village. Furthermore, a minimum of two full time jobs will be created, with a number of part time and seasonal posts. The creation of job opportunities will allow working age people to remain in the village and not be forced to move elsewhere to find work, and also encourage people to move in to the community.

Throughout the process, there have been many opportunities for the community to communicate their ideas and thoughts to the Board and to ask any questions, via our Community Development Worker. We have succeeded in being awarded £135,000 by the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase price of the building.

Barrhill Development Trust has been given £135,000 from the Scottish Land Fund to buy the Trout Inn following the retirement of the current owner.

The purchase will allow this important village asset to remain open and to be developed for the local community and economy.

John Thomson, Chair, Barrhill Development Trust said: “I am delighted that Barrhill Development Trust has been successful in securing funding from the Scottish Land Fund for the purchase of our village pub, the Trout Inn. Although Barrhill is a small village, we have a very proactive community, who wish to see our local area flourish. We will refurbish The Trout Inn and provide an offering of good quality, locally-sourced food and drink, in addition to entertainment, music and social events; welcoming local people and visitors alike, to Barrhill.

“Our long-term plans will also see the delivery of catering and hospitality workshops and training opportunities for local people, using refurbished facilities in the pub. Funding from the Scottish Land Fund is instrumental in bringing our project to fruition and we are excited for this new project to begin.”

Barrhill Development Trust is one of ten community ownership projects which have shared in £2,819,430 from the Scottish Land fund.

Full press release here