About us

About the building, its history, its place in the village.

Barley Bree was built in at the beginning of the 19th century by joiner James Ferguson. It started off as a humble inn with stables and a garden; over the years it has been extended and modernised while going through a roster of names. It has been the Drummond Arms, the Village Inn and Muthill Village Hotel. It became Barley Bree when the Bouteloups arrived in 2007.

Muthill has been a conservation area since 1974 and over 90 of the buildings in the village are listed.

Alison and Fabrice Bouteloup bought Barley Bree in 2007. He is a French-trained chef with an impressive pedigree, she is a wine expert who has been brought up in the hospitality industry. They looked all over Scotland for a place where they could combine their passion for food and wine and finally found a suitable pub in a pretty conservation village. Despite the dry rot and dodgy floorboards, they realised that this was a place on which they could both stamp their personalities.
Five years later they have renovated the dining room, kitchen, lounge and bedrooms. After a good deal of hard work and hammering they have created the warm, welcoming Barley Bree that has put Muthill on the foodie map.