DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody recently welcomed a member of the British nobility when the 8th Earl of Carnarvon visited The Duke to promote Highclere Castle Gin. 

Many would recognize Highclere Castle, not as the seat of Carnarvon or the namesake of a gin, but as the primary filming location of “Downton Abbey.” The British period drama television ran for six seasons with a feature-length film released earlier this year

Lord Carnarvon and his family live in part of the castle, while the rest is used as an event venue and seasonal tourist destination. 

Huw Thomas, owner of the Dunwoody Restaurant Group and several local pubs was happy to host the earl, describing him as a “great chap.” A Brit himself, Thomas’s pubs are stocked with antiques purchased in England and shipped here to give every destination a unique feel.

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