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The Mashtun, Aberlour

The Mash Tun is situated on the banks of the famous River Spey in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail in the village of Aberlour. The Mash Tun is currently owned and run by Mark & Karen Braidwood, both of whom have a real passion for good food and whisky. This is reflected in the locally sourced and well presented food that is offered by the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. As well as enjoying locally sourced food and whisky you can also stay in one of the five recently refurbished whisky themed rooms situated above the bar area. The comfortable and well appointed rooms are all named after local distilleries.

Formerly known as “The Station Bar” the building was originally constructed in 1896 by James Campbell, a sea captain, who instructed a marine architect to design the building in the shape of a small ship. A pledge contained in the title deeds, made in 1963 by the owner at the time states that since Dr Beeching closed the railway in Aberlour then a name change was appropriate – but that if ever a train should pull up at the station again then the pub will revert to “The Station Bar”.

The current name comes from the whisky and brewing industry and is the large vessel or vat in which the malted barley is mixed with water and yeast. Commonly these vessels are anywhere up to eight metres in diameter and up to 6 metres deep. In practice there are large stirrers that are mechanically driven inside a mash tun.

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