Kirkhouse, Shettleston reopens in time for Christmas following refurbishment

Kirkhouse, Shettleston reopens in time for Christmas following refurbishment

Christmas has come early for residents of Shettleston who were concerned they might be without their neighbourhood pub this festive season. The Kirkhouse, reputed to be one of the city’s oldest pubs, has reopened following a £120k refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars and licensee Frank Healy. Just in time for the busiest time of year, the interior of The Kirkhouse has been reconfigured to create more room, increasing the its capacity by a third.  It is the fourth time the pub has been refurbished to create more space since 2000 due to its growing popularity.

The bar has been moved to improve the flow within the pub creating distinct drinking and dining areas. New freestanding and booth seating with phone or tablet chargers have been installed as well as new lighting and a new sound system. 

It’s not just the look of the pub that has been improved. The pub will now serve meals to 9pm and offer freshly made barista style coffees. The range of drinks has been extended with craft ales and premium lagers like Bier Morretti on draught and cocktails are now on offer. There is a new menu offering different burgers including a fiery vegetarian Thai burger, pastas, pizzas and tapas dishes. A quick lunchtime menu has been added to include a light bites meal deal offer from Monday to Friday including dishes like jacket potatoes and soft or alcoholic drinks, baguettes and soups. 

Frank whose family have run the pub for 18 years said: “The Kirkhouse is a real family affair. My dad, also called Frankie who has just retired, worked alongside me and now my son, also called Frankie, is working with me. His son is also called Frankie. My other son Antoni is the general manager and my wife Sylvia looks after the catering. “I’ve lived in the area for 38 years. I’ve seen it change from a rough part of Glasgow to what is now an up and coming area with lots of investment. Over the years we have changed the pub to reflect the changes in society. It’s gone from a male bar to a family friendly local. We offer something for everyone, including live entertainment, karaoke and live sports. Now we’re upgrading the food, drink and décor. People’s expectations have risen, and we need to meet them. They want the quality and range of products on their doorstep that they once went into town for.

“I’ve been serving Christmas lunch to customers for 17 years and am delighted that this year we’ll be able to continue the tradition. Now we’ve more room, our Hogmanay party will be bigger and better than ever.”

Gary Corney, Operations & Sales Director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “The Kirkhouse is truly the hub of its community. As the community changes, so does the pub.  It continues to thrive because Frank and his family ensures they give customers what they want.  There is nothing to match it in the area, which is why it’s so popular.”