Biggar is a small historic market town located in the Southern Uplands area of South Lanarkshire in Scotland. With a population of under 2500, it’s safe to call this a close-knit and welcoming community.
One of the hubs of activity in Biggar is the Elphinstone Hotel & Restaurant, a traditional coaching inn at the heart of the town that dates back over 400 years. Independently owned coaching inns/hotels like Elphinstone are the backbone of the hospitality industry and sadly, becoming rarer and rarer.
“Independently owned coaching inns/hotels like Elphinstone are the backbone of the hospitality industry.”
Family-owned and run for nearly 30 years, by Robert and Janette Allen and their son Michael, you can feel that love and commitment in the atmosphere and it’s noticeable in the quality of the personal service given. And for the family, that’s just an everyday thing – work hard, excel and watch the customers return, time after time.
The accommodation features 11 ensuite bedrooms which are modest with no frills, yet completely comfortable and provide everything you will need for a satisfying sleep. It’s just what you should expect at a quaint coaching inn. Certainly, don’t be fooled by the ordinariness of this place, because ordinary it is not – just wait until you taste the award-winning food.
Affectionally known by the locals as The Elph’, who enjoy a tipple or two of hand-pulled fine ales, spirits, and gastronomy. As a testament to customer satisfaction, in 2017, the landlords were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for both hotel and restaurant.
Things to do:
Biggar Puppet Theatre
Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum
Biggar Gasworks Museum
Biggar Little Arts Festival (every October)
Biggar Bonfire – an ancient custom that takes place on Hogmanay, dating back to Pagan times
Elphinstone Hotel & Restaurant
145 High Street
Biggar, ML12 6DL, Scotland
Tel: 01899 220044
Words & Photography by Ian Cole for Client Voyage