The Buccleuch

Hotel & Restaurant

High Street | Moffat | DG10 9ET

01683 220 003
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"We dined in the Buccleuch on the way home from London having visited Moffat many times. What we found in this hotel was fantastic. The decor is amazing and really draws on the heritage of the hotel but in a modern and interesting way. The food was great with fantastic variety on the menu. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful going above and beyond as our daughter is diabetic and carb counting can be difficult. We will definitely return to eat her again soon - not to be missed."
Mary and Jo Burton

Meet the Team

Buccleuch Arms Hotel Moffat


Managing Director

There is no questioning his passion to take the Buccleuch on a journey in the pursuit of genuine quality. With Dave at the helm we have resigned ourselves to the fact that there will always be a new challenge and another mountain to climb. The man is driven, focused and dedicated. The words, eccentric, maverick and single-minded are bandied around. He (alone) rejects them all. We say he is in denial. Another of the many “Born again Bikers” and by all accounts absolutely loving it, grinning from ear to ear!

Polly Smith

Polly (Lawrence)


Our graphics/marketing/research/IT/projects man who oversees the Coachman Bar and gets thrown in to any and every area when needed. You never know where he will pop up. His skills mean that he is often chained to his desk but he’s another passionate biker who will jump on two wheels at a flip of a hat!

Clint Smith



Mr. Good Guy, Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. Fix-it Guy, Mr. Support Guy, Mr. Organiser Guy. A man for all seasons. One of the staff said “he is everybody’s favourite” and he now gets mocked unmercifully about it, feel free to climb in. A passionate biker with a wealth of knowledge of the area and growing.

Lara Smith



With enormous satisfaction and a great sigh of Relief, Lara eventually found (after 12 long years) the person she believed in and trusted to take over the reins and leadership of the Buccleuch Kitchen so she can concentrate her energies on other needy areas of the hotel whilst giving Davie Ferris – our exec chef – any support and back up he needs in the kitchen. The little spare time gained from this exercise will be focused on front of house and housekeeping in our continued quest to improve on service, delivery and the overall guest experience.
Her passion is walking with an eye on mountains and peaks (some might say – Route Marching). Even “Diesel” the bulldog, gets going with her up the hills.

Jonesy Smith

Yvonne (Jonesy)


Our Rock of Gibraltar. You’ve just got to feel sorry for this lady being married to Dave – for so long! Hidden in the dungeons and back rooms of the hotel doing all the admin and cleaning up behind Dave. Very efficient and dependable. Also a passionate biker and always keen to drop the ball and chain and hit the bends and twisties. She is the easiest lady to buy gifts for, whether it’s birthday, Christmases or even anniversaries her list of motorcycle paraphernalia wants and needs are a mile long, did we mention she’s passionate about her bike!

Esther Sproat



Quiet, dependable and reliable. Happily married to a giant of a man ironically called Willie (nothing wee about him). We are so fortunate to have a housekeeper of such calibre. Committed, dedicated and absolutely reliable. Sits in the corner at tea time and every now and again come out with a gem, absolutely unexpected. Often spoils the team with lovely homemade goodies, long may this continue.

Ella Siewierska



Our ‘Ella Bella’. You can often hear her booming voice down the hallways. One of her first English phrases she learnt here was ‘I’m always fine’ and she’s lived up to that ever since. A great lady with a very wicked sense of humour and a pleasure to work with. No conversation is ever left without a beaming smile. She is one person that can, and does, put Dave squarely in his place.

Kay Fyfe



Poor old Kay. She merely tendered to design, produce and put up our curtains after the refurb. She completed her task with good style and immediately got roped in to do housekeeping. She had no idea what hit her and had no time to escape or do a runner. A delightful and charming lady with a big heart and a twinkle in her eye. Such a pleasure to have on board. Needless to say, little bits of mending, sewing and repairing are all part of her repertoire.



Our go to lady when we need back up, help and support in housekeeping. A very busy person but who always manages to come out trumps when the pressure’s on. She has a wealth of conversation and is a pleasure to talk to. If you do catch her in the corridors she will always be willing to chat.

Seamus Powers


Jack of all Trades

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. You might find him here, you might find him there. I don’t think he even knows exactly where he is at any given time. Seamus is our man who does bits and pieces and odd’s and sods. Great sense of humour, great story teller, just make yourself comfortable if you get him started.