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Who was The Drouthy Cobbler?

John Shanks (1758 – 1841) was a cobbler, living on the north side of Elgin High Street. Appointed keeper of Elgin Cathedral in about 1824, he immediately set to work to clear away the accumulated rubbish that had remained there since the collapse of the central tower in 1711. John removed 3000 barrowfuls of rubbish, laid bare the foundations of the pillars, the elevations at the altar and the steps at the West Gate. No-one who knew this Elgin shoemaker in 1824 had the slightest idea that he would ever be celebrated as the restorer and saviour of the ‘Lantern of the North’. His thirst for whisky garnered him the 'drouthy' sobriquet - drouthy being an old Scots word for thirsty, especially a keen thirst for strong liquor!

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What are the opening hours of The Drouthy Cobbler?

Sunday - Thursday 10am - 12.30am

Friday & Saturday 10am - 1.30am

 

Please note that we are licensed to sell alcohol from 11am onwards.

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Are you a dog friendly venue?

We love dogs and have an outdoor seating area which is protected from the elements by awnings and heaters. We do not however allow dogs inside the building.

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Can I book a table?

Yes, we are delighted that you want to dine with us and are happy to take table reservations for meals - please book here or call 01343 596000.

We do not currently book tables for drinks only.