The Ceres Inn was established in 1721 and is situated in the historic village of Ceres which has a population of around 1200.
The inn is located to the East of the village green and the Ceres Burn and its central location acts as a hub for village life.
The village green is the setting for the annual Highland Games which take place on the last Saturday in June. These are the oldest free ‘Games’ in Scotland and were decreed by Robert the Bruce after the safe return of 19 men from the village who fought with him at Bannockburn.
I have owned the Inn now for over 12 years and despite challenging times it remains a vibrant meeting point for local customers and organisations.
The Inn reached the final stages of the Sunday Mail ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2014.
We have recently only been offering a weekend food service but during the later stages of lockdown we introduced a takeaway service which we hope to continue. This has been well received and much appreciated by people who do not otherwise use The Inn.
The following groups currently use the Inn for meetings and gatherings
Seasons of Ceres- volunteers who look after the public flower displays in the village.
Ceres Scout and Beaver Groups.
Ceres Community Trust
Ceres Highland Games
Redtooth Online Poker
Ceres Primary Pre-School Club
We host regular live traditional music sessions with occasional live music. Our recent vinyl record nights have proved to be very popular.
We have regular food and drink ‘theme’ evenings such as whisky and gin tastings and curry, Italian and steak nights.
Following the success of our Ceres Highland Games whisky to mark the the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn in 2014 we intend to launch a Highland Games Gin this year. A donation of £500 was made to Games funds from whisky sales and we hope to double this amount from the gin proceeds. The Committee will assist in marketing the product and will hopefully secure some much needed revenue as the Games were cancelled this year due to Covid 19.
Undoubtably challenging times lie ahead for the on trade but an online shopping facility and a growing takeaway food service will provide the diversification required to secure the future of the business.
The surrounding area is unfortunately littered with failed hospitality outlets and the support of the local residents, a superb food offering and a welcoming atmosphere will help us to survive the current difficulties.