The Anvil is our signature cocktail, lovingly created by legendary bar tender Jonnie Scotland who mixed a balanced blend of Drambuie and 10-Year-Old Arran Whisky, a spoonful of Marmalade, a squeeze of fresh orange juice, and crushed ice, to produce a drink that is punchy, mature, and uber-classy.
It acquired its name from a 120kg anvil that sits in the grounds of The Douglas Hotel and which, astonishingly, local strong man Davy Ballantyne (known as ‘Big Davy’ to his friends) managed to heave to the top of Goat Fell, raising money for charity along the way. Hotel owner Sean Henry then challenged Davy to repeat his Herculean effort and lug the anvil back down from the summit in exchange for a substantial donation to the charity. As expected, Davy rose to the task and a seriously sophisticated cocktail was born.
2020 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner Best Boutique Hotel In Scotland
2020 Prestige Hotel Awards - Best Hotel Team
2019 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner Best Couples Hotel
2018 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner Best Boutique Hotel
2017 Prestige Hotel Awards - Winner Independent Hotel Of The Year
2016 Scottish Hotel Awards - Regional Winner for Bar Dining & Most Hospitable Hotel
2016 Scottish Hotel Awards - Food and Beverage Manager of the Year 2016
2015 Scottish Hotel Awards - Receptionist of the Year
2014 Scottish Hotel Awards - Regional Winner of the Boutique Hotel
2013 Scottish Hotel Awards - Boutique Hotel of the Year & Good Food Award
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - New Hotel of the Year
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - Bedroom Design Award
2012 Scottish Hotel Awards - Gold Laurel, Outstanding Achievement for Restoration