The Old Mill Inn

Mill Lane


What is it - You will find this award-winning Inn hidden just of the main road of Pitlochry. As the name would suggest, it's located next to a small stream in the former flour Mill which was in full flow during the 1800s. It holds a bar, bistro and 12 bedrooms which is hard to believe from the out-side. In 2012 it was taken over by local business owners Angus John and Fiona MacLellan, who also owned local restaurant Victoria’s. They set about their task to bring a venue the town would be proud of and bring in more tourism for Pitlochry. Over the last six years they have achieved this by bringing good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to The Old Mill Inn. As well as the great food and drink they also have live music every Friday and Saturday which is great to see. It’s not just some old guy with a fiddle as well; it’s proper bands which adds to the atmosphere they have created here.

Interesting fact - They've won many awards over the years, but the team here were delighted to win at the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards with the new title of Tayside & Fife’s Friendliest Pub. They take great pride in what they do here, and this award justified all the hard work that the owners and the team here have put in over the years.

Verdict - After a visit to the south of Ireland this year, I came back frustrated that we don’t have enough places out-with the cities that sum up our national identity and hospitality. Over there they have it pretty much nailed down while I struggle to find places to be proud of here. The Old Mill Inn has restored my confidence, family-owned and ran, good use of local produce and great Scottish hospitality. This is a great place to pack your bags and escape from the city for a while.

Drink - A great selection of local and craft beers, whisky, gin and wine on offer here. You can even start your hen night here with your very own cocktail masterclass carried out by their bartenders.

Food - This place is open all day from 8 am for breakfast to dinner in the evening. Their food offer-ing prides itself on serving the best fresh local produce, showcasing ingredients from Scotland’s natural larder. The menu is traditionally, but with a pinch of style, I very much enjoyed the Roast Belly of Ayrshire Pork & Stornoway Black Pudding served with Creamy Mash, Shredded Root Vegetables, Apple Sauce & Wholegrain Mustard Gravy.

Prices - I’m sure you’ll find lower prices in the town but I doubt they will be the same quality of food or service.

Children - Kid-friendly here and a great place to bring the wee ones for some great food.

Alfresco - Lovely raised seating area and beer garden to enjoy those sunny Pitlochry days with a couple of drinks. I’ve also heard area is transformed every year into an Enchanted Forest-themed pop-up ‘Winter Garden' complete with a custom-made Photo Booth with forest-themed props, sheepskin blankets and real-flame outdoor heaters.

Perfect for - A couple of days away with family or friends to experience some first class Scottish hospitality.

Avoid if - You don’t venture out from your city centre establishments.