Two of Fife’s favourite taverns to be revamped by Scotland’s best pub team

Published: 29 Oct 2014 09:30

THE team behind Scotland’s best pub has acquired two of Fife’s most popular taverns, which it plans to fully refurbish.

Pictured are Graham and Rachel Bucknall

Pictured are Graham and Rachel Bucknall

Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who own the award-winning Bridge Inn at Ratho, near Edinburgh, have taken over The Ship Inn and The Golf Tavern in Elie.

They will refurbish both properties – adding bedrooms to the Ship Inn, which was previously owned by Richard and Jill Phillip – and are keen to develop links with local food and drink producers.

Graham Bucknall said: “Elie is a wonderful place to live, work and visit so we’re thrilled to be taking over two such outstanding businesses. With Fife’s strength in local food and drink, we’re looking forward to working with local farmers and producers to develop the menus. The area is already recognised as something of a foodie haven and we want to add to that, boosting growth by appealing to locals and visitors alike.

“We have great ideas for both places and we look forward to working and talking with all of our regular customers about our plans before putting them into place. It will take time but we hope by next Easter people will start to see some exciting changes. ”

The Bucknalls have been visiting Elie for more than 40 years and are already familiar with both outlets, with Graham playing for the famous Ship Inn cricket team.

They took over the Bridge Inn in 2010 and since then the pub and restaurant has won numerous accolades.

Last month it was awarded the Best Pub in Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards as well as the title for ‘Best Food Pub 2014’ in the Yorkshire, North East & Scotland category at the Great British Pub Awards.

The Bridge Inn has been awarded an AA Rosette, as well as being shortlisted for the CIS Pub Excellence Award 2014 and the Waitrose Food and Drink Restaurant of The Year Award 2015.

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