A WARM WELCOME
The Inn at Dollar has arrived!
We are a family owned and operated Pub, developed from the old Kings Seat bar on Bridge Street Dollar and after a major transformation this fabulous and welcoming lounge bar and restaurant, courtyard beer garden and function lounge has been developed. Whether it’s a light or full breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, dinner or just some drinks, our happy local staff will be delighted to cater for your every requirement. Our menus have been put together using only the finest freshest ingredients and sourced locally wherever possible. There is also a wide range of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes so hopefully everyone’s food tastes have been catered for. We have a wide selection of draft beers, cask conditioned ales, malt whiskeys and gins for you to try. If you’re favourite drink doesn’t happen to be on our shelves then please just let us know and we will endeavour to source it for you for your next visit.
We all look forward to welcoming you to The Inn at Dollar.
The Henderson family are delighted to boast links with Dollar that stretch all the way back to the mid – 19th century and the opening of ‘The Inn at Dollar’ is a reaffirmation of this historic association.
Indeed, the Henderson family first made their mark in Dollar when William Henderson, the great grandfather of owner Ross Henderson, opened the town’s chemist shop in the first half of the 1800s.
But it was William’s son James, who carried on the family chemist business, who was to become one of Victorian Dollar’s most famous ‘founding fathers’ when he became the town’s first Provost in 1893.
Amazingly James’ residence, ‘Homefield’, is the white house located directly opposite ‘The Inn at Dollar’. It’s a small world!
By the beginning of the 19th century, Dollar’s population was around 500 with the present ‘Back Road’ the main route from Stirling to Kinross.
The village now boasted a bleachworks, several small coal mines, a woollen mill and a single storey schoolhouse
Yet change was starting to advance rapidly with the building of the Turnpike Road, the current Main Road, rapidly followed in 1818 by the building of Dollar Academy and the feuing out of the New Town.
With the population tripling to 1500 by 1841 and the completion of the Devon Valley Railway in 1871 linking east and west Scotland, the subsequent growth of Dollar Academy meant education became the town’s main industry and Dollar gained the name ‘The Classic Burgh’.
On March 16, 1891 the first town council meeting took place in the St James Hall or Athenaeum (the former Strathallan Hotel) and James B. Henderson was elected Chief Magistrate.
In 1893 a change in the law allowed James to adopt the ancient title of Provost and so create an office that endured until 1975 when local government reorganisation took place.
In 1923 James’ son Robert or Bob as he was known and loved by everyone in Dollar, had established a clothing business in the town and Robert’s brother Bryce owned the former “Four Seasons Hotel “ later being renamed the “Strathallan Hotel“ and also a confectionery shop and cafe on Bridge Street known locally as “Bryce’s Ices“ Another brother William or Billy as he was known, took over the chemist business and ran it for over 50 years.
Although the clothing business is no longer represented in Dollar after being situated in the same shop for nearly 100 years, the Dollar Academy uniform is still available from the “ House of Henderson “ in Stirling which is also one of the leading Highland Outfitters in Scotland. Barry, the eldest son of Robert and Ross’s brother, took over the business in the early eighties and ran it for nearly forty years. Skip to present day and Barry’s sons Lewis and Jordan are in the hot seat and carrying on the business for the next generation.
Fast forward to 2020 and Ross and his family are proud to renew the family’s links with historic Dollar and delighted to offer a warm welcome to everyone at The Inn at Dollar.
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