The Ken Bridge, a 10 bedroom Georgian hotel, has a spectacular river bank location close by Loch Ken, in an area renowned for its tranquility and picturesque views. This 18th Century Coaching Inn was originally built to provide food, ale and shelter for travelers and coaches on the Old Edinburgh Road between Ireland and Edinburgh.
The hotel is a superb centre for fishing, golfing, hill walking, cycling on the surrounding quiet country roads, mountain biking on the world famous 7 Stanes routes, bird watching, photography, clay pigeon shooting, field and water-sports or for simply relaxing and taking in the wonderful scenery.
We are on the edge of the UNESCO Dark Skies Park created in 2009, which at the time was the only one in Britain and only the 5th worldwide. The river beside the hotel is a seasonal host to Osprey, Kingfisher and Oyster Catcher, there is also a healthy population of Otter and the hotel gardens receive regular visits from Red Squirrels. Early risers may see deer in the meadows across the river, as well as fox and badger.
The woodland to the west of the hotel is used as a roost by up to as many as 35 Red Kite which frequently soar and wheel spectacularly over the hotel.
The Ken Bridge is a family run hotel, the owners of which have local connections reaching back through many generations. The ethos of the hotel is to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible in the most tranquil of surroundings.
The hotel has a well stocked, traditional bar serving cask ales and fine malts.
The restaurant is noted for its good, well presented meals using locally sourced fresh produce wherever possible.
The hotel has 2 spacious dining areas and is an ideal venue for meetings and small conferences being central to Dumfries, Stranraer and Ayr.
Sunday lunch is a veritable feast with the renowned Kenbridge Carvery, a choice of 3 succulent roasts plus home-made vegetarian alternatives, all served with a fine selection of vegetables, gravies and sundries.
Please note that our carvery is served from noon to 2pm and that booking is advisable.
An ideal format for larger groups and family gatherings.
The hotel has 10 en-suite bedrooms offering twin, double, triple or family accommodation.
All of our rooms may be booked for single occupancy at a reduced rate, but please note that you will be charged for any additional guests.
All rooms have digital television, alarm clock and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. All of the bedrooms are tastefully furnished in a timeless traditional fashion with the rich hue of mahogany or the soft mellow touch of antique pine. There is a comfortable residents lounge with a small library and free WIFI.
A hearty breakfast is served to start the day or a packed meal can be provided as an alternative. As an additional service for early risers, bird watchers, stalkers and photographers we will provide a late breakfast by prior arrangement.
The hotel has two dining rooms. The 35 cover Riverside dining room created from the original coach house has panoramic views, a roaring log fire (weather permitting) and many wonderful artefacts to please the eye.
Glazed double doors lead through to our second 45 cover dining room which hosts the renowned Sunday carvery and is popular for private parties and functions.
This room has a permanent display of William Neal paintings.
The Ken Bridge Hotel has a well appointed traditional Bar with wooden benches, original stone walls and a natural slate floor creating a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
The bar has a well balanced selection of malt whisky and 2 cask ale taps which provide an ever changing choice of real ales.
It has a separate Games Room leading from the bar with superb views over the glen and river with access to the terraced beer garden and riverbank. Canoes and small boats can travel to and from Loch Ken on the river when conditions allow.
The hotel benefits from a 24 hour access to bedrooms and the residents lounge for those guests who require to leave early or arrive late.
The Ken Bridge kitchen prides itself in providing chef created meals using local produce wherever possible The hills and forest surrounding the hotel provide an abundance of venison and we source partridge and pheasant from local estates. Local farmer butchers, provide the finest cuts of beef, lamb and pork.
Homemade soups and pates, Galloway smoked salmon and trout, traditional beef and ale, home roasted whole leg gammons, sea bass, tagines, casseroles and succulent chicken breast with homemade sauces.
Our cheese and butter is from the Lockerbie Creamery with yogurt from Rowan Glen. There is always a choice of homemade vegetarian dishes and we will endeavour to cater for any dietary requirements.
During the season by prior arrangement we serve high teas to coach parties.
Each Sunday we serve the renowned Kenbridge Carvery with a choice of three superb roasts. The carvery is a popular option for larger groups and can be provided any day or evening, once again by prior arrangement.
We provide pre-performance suppers for those going to the Catstrand but please inform us at the time of booking as we do get busy.
Our homemade desserts are sheer indulgence with fresh fruit pavlova, banoffee pies, sticky toffee puddings, cranachan, cheesecakes, crème brule and crumbles and pies made with plums, pears and apples from our kitchen garden.
Our ice-cream is from Cream’o’Galloway or even homemade. Please do not hesitate to call us should you be considering a celebration meal.