Just weeks away from the hotel opening at Arran’s Loch Earn Brewery Hotel and Visitor Centre, in St Fillans, Perthshire a fire which has caused considerable damage. This means the hotel will now not open its accommodation until 2018.
The fire started in an extractor fan and being in a bathroom failed to take hold. Fire services were promptly on the site and dealt with the fire. No-one was injured, but considerable damage was caused by the smoke.
Arran Brewery managing director, Gerald Michaluk (pictured), said: “I am happy no-one was hurt and I want to thank the fire service for their prompt response and action. Just literally a week away from opening our first phase of rooms this is not good news, and extensive damage means that we have had to temporarily close our bars, restaurant and coffee shop.
“Our Cider production facility was not affected and is still on schedule to start production when apples become available in the coming months. We are still assessing the extent of the damage, but it has set back our plans and realistically it will be 2018 before we can open the accommodation, most likely.”
The brewery has been slowly developing the site at Loch Earn to produce its craft lagers and cider, and there are plans for apple brandy production.