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History of Belhaven

Started as the tied estate to Belhaven Brewery and beggining with only a couple of sites, we have expanded rapidly to include both managed and leased pubs and to this day remain the largest pub estate in Scotland.

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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.

Granary, Elgin

The Granary is a long-standing favourite in Elgin which caters for all tastes, from families eating during the day (kids welcome until 8pm) to locals calling in for a Belhaven Best, football fans watching the big match...

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The Granary is a long-standing favourite in Elgin which caters for all tastes, from families eating during the day (kids welcome until 8pm) to locals calling in for a Belhaven Best, football fans watching the big match on one of its 12 televisions, and tourists from the local guesthouses.  Everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome.   As well as watching the 12 TVs, big screen and two Sky boxes, you can spend time through the week on the upstairs pool table or on the various games machines. On Monday night it's poker time; on Wednesday, the pool team turns up as do the karaoke singers; there's dancing Thursday to Saturday with 80s nights and the like; then a quiz on Sunday nights where you can win up to £100.

Blue Stane, St Andrews

Taking its name from a Pictish relic alleged to have been the coronation stone of King Kenneth McAlpine, The Blue Stane is a stylish, friendly bar that appeals to everyone from golf-playing tourists to local families, students and pensioners...

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Taking its name from a Pictish relic alleged to have been the coronation stone of King Kenneth McAlpine, The Blue Stane is a stylish, friendly bar that appeals to everyone from golf-playing tourists to local families, students and pensioners.   Sports fans are kept occupied with six televisions and two Sky boxes showing all the major fixtures.   Anyone can try their skills on the pool table, and whisky drinkers can explore the 50 or so malts behind the bar. With good food, good company and a good pint of Belhaven Best, The Blue Stane keeps everyone on side.  Look out for DJs, live bands, open-mic nights and other events and, if you're planning a party, you should talk to the staff about reserving a special area.

Four Marys, Linlithgow

The Four Marys' was named after the four ladies in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was born over the road in Linlithgow Palace. This welcoming and family-friendly pub has a tremendous historical atmosphere...

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The Four Marys' was named after the four ladies in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was born over the road in Linlithgow Palace. This welcoming and family-friendly pub has a tremendous historical atmosphere with masses of mementoes of the ill fated Queen, such as pictures, written records and a piece of bed curtain said to be hers. The pub today is famous for its Real Ales with eight hand pumps, four of which are regular beers with four guest beers which change continually. The Four Marys serves fantastic home cooked food daily and has a reputation locally of being the best on offer!  You can tell by the many first-prize and runner-up certificates lining the ancient walls of The Four Marys that this is a pub many people hold dear. Proud of its no-television policy, it's a pub that believes in the old-fashioned values of good conversation, good company and good service.   The Four Marys also organises a cask ale festival twice a year, in May and October.

Custom House, Stranraer

The Custom House is situated on the shore front of Stranraer with views across to the ferries, only a 2 minute walk away from the town centre. This pub is proud of the hospitality it shows to everyone...

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The Custom House is situated on the shore front of Stranraer with views across to the ferries, only a 2 minute walk away from the town centre.   This pub is proud of the hospitality it shows to everyone, whether it's the many locals who call in for a meal at the same time each week or holidaymakers passing through.   The emphasis is on good food, good service and good conversation, not to mention, on Friday and Saturday nights, good partying, as the resident DJ adds to the lively atmosphere. On certain nights through the year, The Custom House programmes live entertainment as well as charity events in aid of the RNLI.

The Globe, Aberdeen

The Globe Inn is a traditional Scottish pub set in the heart of Aberdeen. Situated off the main drag of Union Street, but still very close to the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre, The Globe Inn is a well-loved meeting place...

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The Globe Inn is a traditional Scottish pub set in the heart of Aberdeen.  Situated off the main drag of Union Street, but still very close to the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre, The Globe Inn is a well-loved meeting place for the pre- and post-theatre audience, as well as with music-lovers who enjoy the live entertainment three nights a week. Local business people love the food, sports fans appreciate the four televisions and the Camra crowd enjoy the four guest ales. On a summer's day, everyone heads for the music-themed beer garden - nowhere better to savour a Belhaven Best or a Belhaven IPA.  The Globe also boasts seven reasonably priced and tastefully decorated bedrooms.

City Walls, Stirling

Many pubs take their name from a point of interest somewhere vaguely in the area, but not The City Walls: the only way into this large and lively bar is through the city wall itself...

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Many pubs take their name from a point of interest somewhere vaguely in the area, but not The City Walls: the only way into this large and lively bar is through the city wall itself. An archway through Stirling's 16th-century defences leads you into a fascinating conversion of what was once an ironmongers' warehouse.   The City Walls appeals to a wide range of people - tourists, families, locals, office workers, sports fans and weekend party lovers. Whoever you are, there's plenty of room - including the upstairs beer garden where you can enjoy your Belhaven Best and Belhaven Black with a view over Stirling’s King's Park.  The pub offers a varied and appetising food menu utilising fresh ingredients and food is served from 12noon till 9pm through the week and this is complemented by a weekend breakfast menu from 10am till noon. Sports fans are well catered for with all major events shown.

Ma Cameron’s, Aberdeen

Ma Cameron’s is reputed to be the oldest pub in Aberdeen, dating back to 1746. Situated just off Belmont Street, it is in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre. Full of nooks and crannies - not to mention the rooftop beer garden...

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Ma Cameron’s is reputed to be the oldest pub in Aberdeen, dating back to 1746. Situated just off Belmont Street, it is in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre.  Full of nooks and crannies - not to mention the rooftop beer garden (aka 'Aberdeen's best-kept secret') - it appeals to a mixed crowd, from mothers with pushchairs to live music fans, parties, real-ale drinkers and football supporters.   Ma’s is renowned to be one of Aberdeen's best loved pubs.  There's a popular Monday-night quiz with a £25 food voucher first prize and frequently live music at weekends. Through the year, you should look out for special nights on occasions such as Hallowe'en. Children are welcome until 9pm and, if you're planning a party, you should talk to them about reserving one of the pub's many distinct areas. The ten HD TVs and one giant screen show rugby, football and boxing from two Sky boxes.

The Maltman, Glasgow

The Maltman, situated on Renfield Street in the heart of Glasgow, has a long established reputation as one of Glasgow's finest venues. Open 7 days the pub serves a full range of freshly prepared pub food...

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The Maltman, situated on Renfield Street in the heart of Glasgow, has a long established reputation as one of Glasgow's finest venues. Open 7 days the pub serves a full range of freshly prepared pub food, a great selection of drinks (including an extensive Malt Whisky range) and promises the best of service for all its customers.  Housed in a grand Victorian room with period fixtures and an impressive, brass-railed bar, The Maltman gives a classy welcome at all times of the day, whether you're in for a morning coffee or a weekend twirl on the dance floor.  The pub is roomy and friendly and caters for all moods - whether you're in for large-screen Sky Sports, a catch-up with old pals or a turn beneath the mirror ball to the retro, chart and Motown sounds of DJ Tommy on Friday and Saturday. Children are welcome until 8pm.

Molly Malones, Glasgow

Molly Malones is a well known traditional Irish bar in Glasgow which is visited by both locals and tourists and is renowned for serving the best pint of Guinness in town. The pub is situated in the heart of the entertainment hub of Glasgow...

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Molly Malones is a well known traditional Irish bar in Glasgow which is visited by both locals and tourists and is renowned for serving the best pint of Guinness in town.  The pub is situated in the heart of the entertainment hub of Glasgow just a stone’s throw away from The Theatre Royal, The Pavilion and cinemas such as Cineworld and GFT.  Molly’s comes into its own at weekends with the best in Irish folk, traditional and rock bands every Friday and Saturday evening from 9.30pm.  The pub also serves great home cooked food daily and shows all major sporting events on their big screens including football, rugby and Gaelic games.  Molly Malones is a real gem in the heart of Glasgow.

Old Blackfriars, Aberdeen

Situated in Aberdeen's historic Castlegate, Old Blackfriars is an award winning cask ale pub. It has an extensive menu of freshly prepared food, which is available all day...

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Situated in Aberdeen's historic Castlegate, Old Blackfriars is an award winning cask ale pub. It has an extensive menu of freshly prepared food, which is available all day. The pub is warm and welcoming with many fascinating features including some stunning stained glass and church pews, and offers great service and a relaxing atmosphere.    Old Blackfriars is loved by locals, families, shoppers, real ale drinkers, tourists and, allegedly a ghost or two!  With its no television policy, Old Blackfriars knows exactly what makes a traditional pub tick.  Look out for the Tuesday quiz - with £50 of food voucher prizes - and the Thursday Scottish music jam sessions. It's the perfect setting for a Belhaven Best or a Belhaven IPA.

Scotia Bar, Glasgow

The Scotia Bar is reputed to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. Built in 1792 it played host to the merchant sailors bringing goods to Glasgow. Latterly it has become the local haunt for Glasgow's musicians, actors, poets and political groups.

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The Scotia Bar is reputed to be the oldest pub in Glasgow.  Built in 1792 it played host to the merchant sailors bringing goods to Glasgow.  Latterly it has become the local haunt for Glasgow's musicians, actors, poets and political groups. Enjoy live music four days a week or borrow the pub's instruments and make your own tunes! Traditional "pub grub" served 12-5pm daily.  With over 200 years of hospitality to its name, it's a bar that understands its customers perfectly. The staff hand-pick the live acts - primarily rock and blues - who appear at the far end of the bar from Thursday to Sunday. And, to ensure everyone gets a look, there's a 'band cam' sending a live feed of the musicians to a television at the front. The standard is high: musicians visit from all over the world and it's not uncommon to see performers of the calibre of Pentangle and Van Morrison's band - back in the day, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty would perform here. Although music is the focus, The Scotia is a culturally minded place, also popular with poets and writers, including James Kelman and William Mcllvaney. Through the year, the bar runs competitions not only for singer-songwriters but also for short-story writers and performance poets aiming to be crowned the Scotia Poet Laureate. There's a writers' meeting on the second Monday of the month and one-off charity nights.

Trades House, Dundee

Situated at the corner of Whitehall Street and Union Street in the heart of the city centre Trades House is a Dundee institution. The pub’s unique stained glass windows depict all the trades which have contributed to Dundee’s history...

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Situated at the corner of Whitehall Street and Union Street in the heart of the city centre Trades House is a Dundee institution.  The pub’s unique stained glass windows depict all the trades which have contributed to Dundee’s history showing images of bakers, engineers, weavers and other trades.  The pub prides itself on its good service, friendly welcome and great food, appealing to a lively mix of people, from pensioners calling in for morning coffee to concert-goers en route to the Caird Hall, workers from the nearby bingo hall, shoppers, students and local businesses.  Everyone in Dundee knows The Trades House and all are assured of a distinctive menu, an astonishing range behind the bar and lots of great company. The six televisions and one big screen show football, rugby and other sports from two Sky boxes. It's also a popular daytime destination for families: children are welcome until 3pm (6pm on Sunday).

Twa Tams, Perth

The Twa Tams is a friendly and spacious pub - a great place for a drink and a meal, as well as a cornerstone of the Perth music scene. K T Tunstall, Belle and Sebastian, Travis and Frightened Rabbit are among the many bands to have played here.

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No wonder the Twa Tams was a finalist in the SLTN Music Pub of the Year competition and a victor in the Best Bar None awards. There are gigs two or three nights a week and an open-mic session on Sunday afternoon. The four TVs show a feed of the bands, so no-one misses out.  And its free entry for all customers!!  Thanks to an all-weather beer garden and a mouth-watering menu, it's also a hit with pensioners, families (children welcome until 8pm) and everyone in between.

The White Hart, Edinburgh

Situated in Edinburgh's historic Grassmarket, The White Hart is claimed to be Edinburgh’s oldest pub, with parts of the building and cellar dating back to 1516, the remainder of the pub is said to descend from 1740.

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The name dates back to an incident in 1128 when King David I encountered a white stag while hunting in what is now Holyrood Park.  The pub offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, guest ales including Belhaven IPA, 80 Shilling and Dark Island, Scottish and European food as well as music folk nights.   Intimate inside, the pub can accommodate around 50 seated and another 30-40, swaying to music, whilst supping a pint of Belhaven Best! By the way, did you know it was voted Edinburgh's Most Haunted Pub in 2005?!

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