The Stables, Kirkintilloch

ONE of Central Scotland’s best-known country pubs that oozes charm and boasts a loyal clientele has been given an extensive makeover by Pacific.

The Stables in Kirkintilloch, on the outskirts of Glasgow, sits on the north bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal and dates back 200 years to the time when the canal first opened.

It was built to serve the watermen and horses using the canal. The boats that plied the waters were pulled by horses, and because the animals needed rest every few miles, stables were built along the route.

They would have an inn on one side, where the boatman and his passengers might rest and eat, and on the other equine accommodation with a hayloft above.

These days, the horses have gone and The Stables is now part of the Vintage Inns group of bar/restaurants which is controlled by parent company Mitchells & Butlers.

The 12-day project involved a new look inside and out for The Stables.

The work included:

  • New bar
  • New cellar services
  • French polishing
  • Lighting
  • Screens
  • Glazing
  • Tiling
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Toilets
  • Decoration
  • Landscaping
  • Path levelling
  • New outside furniture
  • Tree felling
  • Fencing
  • Signage

The Stables reopened to the public towards the end of January, 2018, serving hearty fare and traditional drinks to local customers and visitors to the picturesque setting.

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