Cross Keys pub is due to open in October

Cross Keys'Photo by Emma Mitchell'6/5/13
Cross Keys'Photo by Emma Mitchell'6/5/13

The popular Cross Keys pub in Milngavie is due to open in October and the new owners hope to have extended opening hours on Saturdays.

The historic pub was bought last year by a pair of successful businessmen.

Brothers, Pravesh and Rahul Randev, who already own several high profile businesses in Lenzie, Bishopbriggs and Glasgow are going to run the Cross Keys on Station Road, which is one of Milngavie’s oldest pubs and is believed to date back to the 1800s.

They are currently carrying out a complete refurbishment of the premises which they’d originally hoped to open in March or April this year.

Between them they already own Oregano restaurant and The Eagle Lodge in Bishopbriggs, Rasoi indian restaurant in Lenzie which recently won “Indian restaurant of 2012” in the Curry Awards in Glasgow, Carriages bar and Irrocco restaurant, both in Lenzie.

The brothers decided to have a substantial re-fit of the premises to create a bistro style restaurant and bar.

They also wanted to extend their licence on Saturdays from 11.45pm until 1am on Sunday.

Ian Lavrie, owner of Townhead Carpets on Mugdock Road near the Cross Keys, said: “I’m delighted that we are nearer to a date for the Cross Keys re-opening. I can’t wait as I think it will bring more people into the area and hopefully to the shops.

“I wish them every success for their new venture.”

Pravesh said: “We will be open from early morning for people to come in and have breakfast, coffee and and cake and we will also offer lunch then an evening bar and dining at night.

“We will re-name the Cross Keys but we haven’t decided what to call it yet.

“We really look forward to opening and it will be similar to businesses that we already run such as The Richmond restaurant in the west end which we opened last December. It will be a really nice new experience in Bearsden.”