Pub renewal funded by renewables

An idyllic village inn in southwest Scotland has been brought back to life as a gastropub on the strength of a £1million donation from the renewable energy company behind a local wind farm.

The Kenmuir Arms near Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway closed down five years ago, before being taken over and refurbished by the New Luce Community Trust.

It has now reopened under chef Christopher Dougan, formerly of Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair restaurant Petrus, who has developed an eight-course tasting menu championing local organic and under-used ingredients.

The restoration project cost £1.2 million, 80% of which was provided by ScottishPower Renewables, who operate the nearby Killgallioch wind farm with 96 turbines.

The donation was not welcomed by all. Local opponents of wind farm expansion have described it as a bribe to the community to accept the disfiguring of their landscape.

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