~ About ~

The Cavens Arms is a traditional pub serving great food and drinks in the heart of Dumfries town centre.  First opened in 2003 by Gary and Faye Jeffries, we set out with a vision of selling great quality, homemade food and real ales in a friendly and welcoming town atmosphere.

You can find us next door to Barbour’s department store at the top of Buccleuch Street, between the High Street and Whitesands.

Our Location


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Our history

In 2010 we bought the building next door and took on the task of expanding the restaurant area for customers and relocating the kitchen to a larger space.  We worked long and hard to preserve the Cavens familiar cosy and comfortable atmosphere that our customers know and love, whilst giving everyone a wee bit extra elbow room.

Whilst our menu has developed and grown considerably, good old fashioned ‘fish ‘n’ chips remains our best selling dish to this day – especially on ‘Get Battered Tuesdays’ when it’s offered at a discounted price.

Gary’s pride in his Real Ales is well known and Cavens offers up to 8 different ales sourced from throughout the UK. Since 2006 to present day, Cavens has consecutively been the proud winner of the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Dumfries Pub of the Year Award.

2020 and beyond

Following closure due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown Faye and Gary have adapted Cavens to ensure customer and staff safety.  Introducing enhanced hygiene and cleaning both front and back of house, distanced seating and screening between tables.

We are also excited to introduce our new beer garden and beer barn. Which are both rain protected, heated and dog friendly. We were also delighted to host our first socially distanced wedding reception in this beautiful space.

You can now order all your favourite classic Cavens dishes to eat at home, along with 4-pint carriers of real ale, using our Click and Collect take away service.

And of course now you can now reserve your table online.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cavens Arms.

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~ Opening & Serving Times ~

Monday 11am- 10.30pm (Food served 11am-2.30pm)

Tuesday  11am-11pm (Food served 11am – 8.30pm)

Wednesday  11am-Midnight (Food served 11am – 8.30pm)

Thursday  11am-11pm (Food served 11am – 8.30pm)

Friday 11am-Midnight (Food served 11am – 8.30pm)

Saturday  11am-Midnight (Food served 11am – 8.30pm)

Sunday 12 Noon -10.30pm (Food served Noon- 8.30pm)

Maximum 10 people from a maximum of 4 households.

Sorry no children under 14 years.

Alcohol only served to patrons over 18 years.

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