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.