The Fife Arms in Braemar closed for a major refurbishment in 2015. The hotel incorporated a pub which was used by locals as a key meeting place for the community. At around the same time, a small shop in the centre of Braemar owned by Invercauld Estate became vacant. A suggestion emerged in the local community to turn the shop into a new pub for Braemar.
Recognising the importance of a pub in the village, Invercauld Estate undertook a feasibility study and having then identified a tenant to run the pub, the Estate then extended and refurbished the building including combining it with an adjacent derelict property to bring this back into use. The premises were completely refurbished at a cost of around £300,000. The expansion of the shop made it a more feasible size and also provided two bedroom flat to provide staff accommodation which is much needed in Braemar.
The tenant has undertaken a wonderful internal fit out of the pub and it, the beer garden and roof terrace overlooking the River Clunie are open this summer.