Fiddichside Inn

Aberdeen & Grampian - Craigellachie

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: C


Craigellachie
AB38 9RR

Tel: (01340) 881239

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A marvellous rural survival; a tiny bar at the end of a cottage in a beautiful spot by a bridge over the River Fiddich. The pub has been in the owner's family for 88 years. The public bar measures about 10 ft. x 15 ft. with a panelled original counter running down the length of the room and leaving only half of the space for customers. There is not enough room for any tables, only bar stools and a couple of benches. The back gantry is a simple three-bay affair and there is half-height wooden panelling on the walls. Opposite the counter is a coal fire and there are antique William Younger's and Robert Younger's IPA mirrors. That's it - no carpets, no food, no fruit machines, no piped music, no TV, no children - absolute heaven for lovers of unspoilt pubs.

Update 2017: The pub is closed following the death of landlord, Joe Brandie, at the grand old age of 88. Future unknown.

A marvellous rural survival, picturesquely sited by the Bridge of Fiddich. The building dates from 1842 and has been in the hands of the present family since November 1919. The tiny bar is at the end of a cottage and measures a mere 10 ft. x 15 ft. It has a panelled counter running down the length of the room and a gantry which was made by the local carpentry works of A. & R. Dunbar of Popine Mills. The servery takes up almost half the room and there is only space for some bar stools and a few plain benches.

The record number of people in the pub is said to be 40, achieved one Christmas Day – some way to go to rival the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds, but at least some of the throng were playing the bagpipes. Behind the bar is a simple gantry with turned shafts and the walls have half-height panelling. There are also mirrors advertising William Younger’s and Robert Younger’s IPA. Listed in 2008 as a result of survey work by CAMRA.

Update 2017: The pub is closed following the death of landlord, Joe Brandie, at the grand old age of 88. Future unknown.

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