Eating and Drinking

Family Favourites and Local Specialities

Take a trip out to a local pub or speciality restaurant, stroll down to the on-site bar and restaurant, arrange for caterers to deliver to your lodge, or drive to collect a takeaway – you will find plenty to whet your appetite.

Here are some of the choices available during your stay – all are at most 30 minutes drive from the lodges.

On the Site

There’s nothing like being able to walk a short distance from your lodge to a friendly food-serving pub – which is what the Beagle, part of the Barend site, offers. Inside and outside sitting areas, a range of real ales,  and a changing menu. Book through the website.

The Beagle Country Pub

Dine inside or in the covered courtyard at the on-site ‘Beagle’. Excellent food all day from a wide menu including pizzas.’ Book online through their Website.

The Anchor Hotel

With a delightful setting on the Urr Water as it approaches the Solway, the Anchor at Kippford offers good pub food and local real ales.

Carlos Restaurant

In nearby Castle Douglas, an authentic Italian restaurant regarded as one of southern Scotlands best, with an emphasis on dishes using fresh local fish.

Castle Douglas Food Town

A surprisingly wide range of restaurants, cafes and specialist food shops on offer in the areas 'Food Town'.

Hullabaloo 'To You'

A dinner party catering service available for groups of any size staying at Thistle Lodges.

Clonyard Hotel

A small hotel near Rockcliffe serving a range of home cooked dishes, many featuring locally sourced Solway seafood.


A locally based catering company with extensive menu choices for your dinner party at Thistle Lodges

Luigi's Italian

An Italian restaurant which welcomes families and offers an extensive menu, a short drive away in Dalbeattie


Steamboat Inn

A fascinating and quirky pub full of interest with an extensive menu, in a spectacular location right on the Solway coast.


Annette's Baking in a Box

Mouthwatering cakes and savoury pastries, celebration cakes and gourmet picnics, all delivered to your lodge


Galloway Wild Foods

Delicious and nutritious food for free - amazing information on coastal, woodland and hedgerow foraging, guided walks and tuition

Balcary Bay Hotel

Country House dining with an emphasis on local produce at a coastal hotel with stunning views

Auld Alliance Restaurant

A restaurant in Kirkudbright with a menu featuring dishes which reflect the historic links between Scotland and France


Selkirk Arms

A hotel restaurant in Kirkudbright with menus descibed as "Scottish Mediterranean with a twist"


Loch Arthur Community

A unique working community helping those with learning disabilities. Café, farm shop and award winning creamery

The Pizza Wagon

Superb authentic take-away pizzas from a mobile wood-fired oven which regularly visits local villages, including nearby Colvend


JJ's Fish and Chip Shop

Good quality fish and chips from a family -run shop in the village of Southerness - about 7 miles away