Belhaven pubs’ history is intrinsically linked to Belhaven Brewery which was the parent company to Belhaven Pubs.
Stuart Ross, who was chief executive of the brewery made the decision to expand the Belhaven business into pub retailing with the acquisition of 8 managed pubs in 1995 across Edinburgh, Rutherglen, Glasgow, Perth & Dundee.
The late Jeff Myers was recruited as managing director to develop the business, and around this time the company also owned 40 pubs which were run as tenancies. The end of 1995 saw the development of the ‘Drouthy Neebors’ concept (named after a line in a poem by Robert Burns, Tam O’Shanter) with 5 pubs being converted to this format.
Following the flotation of Belhaven on the London Stock Exchange in mid 1995 and with a considerable sum of money set aside for this purpose, the business began acquiring more sites .
The business continued to grow with two further visits to the stock market helping to fund the acquisition of around 150 sites and the development of the ‘Yard’ concept which was a late night venue operation that consisted of 8 businesses across Scotland. These were followed by other smaller concepts including ‘Pivo’ which was a Czech based operation providing a range of interesting European draught lagers and beers and a slightly bigger operation called ‘The Foundry’ offering a wide range of draught beers and food.
Belhaven Group was acquired by Greene King in the autumn of 2005 (prior to the 2006 Smoking ban coming in to effect) and following this the Belhaven business operated some of the existing Greene King pubs in Scotland resulting in the development of the Eating Inn brand which subsequently expanded south of the border. These days the Belhaven leased and tenanted pubs sit within the larger Greene King Pub Partners estate and the Belhaven managed pubs operate within the Greene King Local Pubs business although both businesses maintain a strong local identity within the Scottish market place. We’re immensely proud of our history and our pubs, whilst never allowing complacency to cloud our quest for a great customer experience every time.