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Greyfriars makeover is a Bobby-dazzler

27th March 2018

A MASSIVE makeover of one of Scotland’s most iconic and historic pubs has been completed by Pacific – and it’s a real dazzler.

The new-look Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh reopened to customers on March 19, 2018, after a shutdown to facilitate the refurbishment that started in the first week of January.

The project involved a full strip-out of the interior – including walls and staircases – and the relocation of the kitchen, together with the creation of new toilets and staff quarters and the installation of new features, fixtures and fittings.

The shiny new interior now complements the brilliant sheen on the nose of the statue of the Skye terrier that overlooks the entrance to the bar that bears its name and is synonymous with loyalty and friendship.

Bobby, whose muzzle is touched for good luck by visitors to the capital, was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard where he famously sat guarding his master’s grave after his death for 14 years until the animal himself passed away in 1872.

At the start of 2018, Pacific revealed that they had commenced what would turn out to be one of the biggest bar makeovers they have undertaken.

The project involved:

  • The removal of walls, ceilings, floors and partitions
  • The removal of two staircases
  • The removal of redundant water tanks and electrical fittings
  • The installation of new partitions and walls
  • New ceilings and doors
  • Extensive joinery work
  • Plasterwork
  • Flooring
  • Installation of new toilets
  • Bar alterations
  • New screens
  • New drinks shelving
  • Decoration
  • Lighting
  • New office
  • New coldroom
  • Drinks dispensers
  • Signage
  • Hoist installation
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Seating
  • Sanding and trimming
  • New cellar and associated services

The pub is run under the Nicholson’s brand in the Mitchells & Butlers stable of bars and restaurants which number nearly 2,000 in the UK.

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