A GOUROCK couple's 'drams' have come true after they opened a new whisky shop on Kempock Street.

Allan Beaton and Giulia Canata were in high spirits as The Whisky Room opened its doors for the first time.

The shop has been a passion project for owner Allan, who has had a lifelong love of whisky, and he spent months working tirelessly in the old fishmonger's to get the premises ready for opening day.

Allan wants to showcase malt whisky bottlers big and small, with a cigar menu also available.

He told the Tele that the idea to open the specialist outlet came to him during lockdown.

He said: "I've worked in financial services as a mortgage broker and financial adviser for over 20 years.

"I've been working in a high pressure environment for a long time and I just wanted to do something different.

"I was sitting by the fire with a dram during furlough and it occurred to me that there wasn't a whisky shop between here and Glasgow.

"Giulia and I thought we could do it right away - the lightbulb went and I started planning from there."

He added: "It was a pretty slow process - we had to take all the old fishmonger's stuff out while I was working full-time.

"This unit's 180 years old, there's a lot of history here and now we're hoping to create our own.

"Whisky's something that's been a big part of my life and I felt it was a natural progression to turn this passion into a business."

Allan is also hoping to establish an online store in the near future.

He plans to work closely with local distillers and says he is excited to be part of the line-up on such a thriving street.

He said: "We're a specialised whisky shop, looking at independent bottlers, lesser-known distilleries.

"The independent bottlers are a layer below the distillery labels, they're fantastic once you get into it.

"I want this to be a place where people can come in and have a wee taster, a wee chat about whisky.

"I'm enjoying being on Kempock Street so much, I worked from home at a desk on my laptop for the last seven years.

"I think we'll be an asset to the street.

"There's a whisky boom and hopefully people want to come in, try something and have a great time."