Major investment under way to reopen Edinburgh pub after three years closure

Major investment under way to reopen Edinburgh pub after three years closure

We have begun work on a major £280k refurbishment of Jock’s Lodge with Edinburgh pub company, Caygill and Smith Ltd, which will see the pub reopen as a blues fusion bar after a three year closure.

The pub will be renamed Barrelhouse Bar and Diner to signal its change in direction. As well as hosting blues fusion bands from around the world, it will specialise in a menu of Cajun and BBQ food with a Scottish twist.

The refurbishment is part of a £2 million investment that we are making in our Scottish pubs this year. Work is expected to take six weeks with Barrelhouse Bar and Diner scheduled to reopen at the end of November. Around 20 new jobs will be created.

Jocks Lodge’s previous reputation had in the past made it a challenge to attract a new licensee but Amanda Caygill, who also operates Espy at Portobello and 52 Canoes in the city centre, saw its potential. “Edinburgh is crying out for a blues venue and I’m passionate about barbecuing, I think the two could work really well together. Jocks Lodge is the perfect location - it’s a great community with a need for a restaurant and bar for locals but it’s also easily accessible for customers from other parts of the city.”

Outside, the rundown pub will be completely redecorated and renovated improving the look of the neighbourhood and complementing the City’s regeneration of the area’s streets. The overgrown garden is being made over to create a stunning space for outdoor drinking and dining and will be heated year round.

Inside, the pub will be stripped back and refurbished in a relaxed New Orleans style with booth seating and a stage for bands. A new kitchen and bakery will be installed to enable the pub to serve food throughout the day starting with an American style brunch at 9am. Determined to provide an authentic BBQ menu, in time Amanda is planning to add a spit roast and build a smoke house in the garden. Food will be cooked from scratch using seasonal Scottish produce and a vegetable garden will be planted to serve the kitchen.

A state of the art Heineken SmartDispense system, which guarantees consistent great quality draught beer and cider, will be installed as part of a cellar upgrade. Barista quality coffee will be served throughout the day.

Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director Lawson Mountstevens said: “Edinburgh city centre pubs and bars have had significant investment in recent years. Residents in more outer lying areas now want to enjoy similar quality and great food, coffee and entertainment on their doorsteps throughout the day without needing to travel. It’s great that such an experienced Edinburgh operator wants to join us in reviving the Jock’s Lodge’s fortunes. Caygill and Smith are known for their imaginative and creative approach as well as outstanding food and service and I’ve every confidence they’ll create another distinctive and popular venue for Edinburgh.”