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Happy thanksgiving! I celebrated by attending the annual #blessingofthehounds here in #southernpines. I love getting to see the horsies and pups while enjoying some tasty spiked cider. How'd you celebrate??
This place here is one of my favourite pubs in Aberdeen!
It's called The Archibald Simpson and is located in the city centre on Castle Street (which connects with the east end of Union Street)! The building was constructed in the early 1840s after being designed by Aberdonian architect Archibald Simpson, whom the pub is now named in honour of!
Interestingly, this place actually used to be a bank!! Yep, it was originally built to serve as the headquarters of the former North of Scotland Bank, which is now part of Clydesdale Bank after the two merged in 1950! By the late 20th century, the old bank had been converted into the beautiful pub it is today!
On top of the pub's grand entrance is a statue of Ceres - a Roman goddess of agriculture! Why?? Well this was put up as a homage to the fact that a huge portion of Aberdeen's wealth at the time was coming from farms in rural areas! In fact, the bank was even nicknamed the 'farmer's bank' due to its ties with the agricultural industry! .
ADDITIONAL INFO: The site which The Archibald Simpson stands on was once occupied by an inn built in 1755 and called The New Inn! Amongst this inn's important guests was none other than Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns!! He visited Aberdeen in September 1787 and spent his only night in the city at The New Inn!