Plough Inn

Highlands & Western Isles - Rosemarkie

A historic pub interior of national importance

Listed Status: C

48 High Street
Rosemarkie
IV10 8UF

OS ref: NH736577

Tel: (01381) 620164

Real Ale: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

Public Transport: Near Bus Stop

Bus: Yes

View on: Whatpub

A small pub rebuilt in 1907 (as a stone inscription above the entrance explains) with a delightfully fitted-out, virtually intact front room. This has its original semi-circular counter and simple gantry. The room is entirely panelled and also has a tongue-and-groove boarded ceiling. Attached to the right-hand side of the servery is a small office for the publican, now used for storage. The fireplace has a huge lintel dated 1691 but his is a replica in cast iron dating from 1907 of a marriage stone. Such stones usually comprised a lintel such as this with the initials etc. of a newly married couple. Above is a large, vintage Dewar’s Perth Whisky mirror. The infill of the fireplace and tiled floor are later features.

Village pub rebuilt in 1907 that retains its small public bar almost intact. This has a semi-circular counter and back gantry holding a number of malt whiskies. The room is completely wood panelled including the tongue-and-groove ceiling. Attached to the right-hand side of the servery is a small office for the publican, but now used as a store. The fireplace has a huge lintel dated 1691 but this is a replica in cast iron dating from the 1907 rebuild of a marriage stone. Such stones usually comprised a lintel such as this with the initials of the newly married couple - in this case JM & JA. The fireplace inset could be 1950s work but the Dewar's Perth Whisky mirror above is at least as old as the pub. There are some fixed benches. The tiled floor is later work. Behind the bar the tiny gents' toilet consists of only one small urinal. There are two rooms at the rear with entirely modern fittings and furniture but they do not impact of the character of the delightful little front bar. There are plans to remove the gas fire and open up the chimney (which needs lining), but Historic Scotland have laid down strict criteria as to how this work should be done and the relevant crafts people need to be found. Similarly, former replica etched glass panels in the front door were damaged and replaced with plain glass - these will be replaced with new replica etched glass panels in due course!

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