Arbroath pub on The Famous Grouse list

A POPULAR Arbroath watering hole has been selected from hundreds of pubs throughout the UK to be included in The Famous Grouse Famous Pubs list for 2011.

The Pageant in Kirk Square is run by husband and wife team Colin and Sandra Nicoll and this is the second time they have been included in the list, having achieved the accolade last year.

It made the list with a very unique claim to fame – its cellar was once part of the original Arbroath Abbey where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed asserting Scottish independence.

Colin Nicoll explained: “Our cellar is a cavernous place - as big as the floor area of the pub itself. It is built of red sandstone and it is claimed that there is a ghost which haunts the place.

“I have not experienced it myself, but it is a spooky place at times.”

Colin and Sandra are delighted to have made The Famous Grouse List for a second year in succession.

Launched by The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s favourite whisky, the competition hunted up and down the country over a three month long campaign to find pubs with unique and quirky reasons for their fame, just like The Famous Grouse.

Nominated by both customers and landlords, claims to fame included: The Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool, often frequented by the very famous foursome, The Beatles; and The Bell Inn in Chippenham, home to the finish line for the renowned ‘Wrong Way Round’ bike race.

Andy Gemmell, Maxxium UK’s leading mixologist, commented: “We launched The Famous Grouse Famous Pubs firstly to pay tribute to the fantastic pubs we have up and down the country but also to uncover the fascinating and unique stories that so many have.

“We were very impressed with the pubs in Arbroath and were delighted to include The Pageant in the final list.”

The Famous Grouse has earned its fame as one of the best loved brands in the UK for many reasons. The exceptional quality of the whisky brought it iconic status, while the brand’s rich heritage and famously witty personality attracts fans from all around the world.