Angus Provost Helen Oswald visited The Dunnichen Stone last Tuesday to unveil a plaque commemorating the opening of Forfar’s new family pub and restaurant.
She attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the plaque and toasted the new pub and restaurant.
Manager Bruce Sheridan is delighted the Dunnichen Stone is now open and has been welcoming the community in to sample the extensive menu and raise a glass to the opening.
He said: “We are excited to have our fantastic team on board and want to invite the local residents to come and enjoy good quality pub food in a family-friendly environment.”
The Dunnichen Stone is part of an ongoing new build programme from Marston’s Inns and Taverns to provide quality pubs throughout the U.K.
The pub and restaurant, situated adjacent to the A90, is named after a rare Pictish stone which is on display at The Meffan in Forfar. It was found in the early 19th century when a farmer from the East Mains of Dunnichen was ploughing.
After the Meffan Institute had renovated the stone, it was brought to Forfar on a long term loan from a Dundee museum where it is displayed to this day.
The stone is of rough sandstone. It is incised on one face with three symbols: a Pictish flower, a double disc and z-rod and a mirror and comb. While the double disc and z-rod and mirror and comb motifs are fairly common and exist together elsewhere, the flower is relatively rare.
Marston’s Inns and Taverns opened the pub and restaurant in November with the creation of 45 new jobs. It is Marston’s fourth franchise in Scotland and is situated just off the roundabout going into Orchardbank, next to the new KFC outlet which also opened at the end of 2013.