New lease of life for Strathblane’s Kirkhouse Inn

Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane, Glasgow Road, it's been bought by owners of Strathblane Country House Hotel so will re-open'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell
Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane, Glasgow Road, it's been bought by owners of Strathblane Country House Hotel so will re-open'7/8/12'Photo Emma Mitchell

A HISTORIC hoTEL, pub and restaurant in Strathblane is going to re-open after it closed suddenly at the beginning of June this year.

The Kirkhouse Inn on Glasgow Road, which has been open for business since 1601, was shut with immediate effect on Jubilee Day (Tuesday, June 5) and 22 staff were made redundant by the company which was running the business at the time - Castle Leisure Group in Stirling.

The owners of nearby Strathblane Country House Hotel, Allan and Margaret Duncan, now plan to take over The Kirkhouse Inn as the new directors and re-open it within the next two weeks.

Jim McPherson (67) from Strathblane, who has been a customer at The Inn for the past 48 years, was very worried when the pub closed earlier this year and wondered if and when it would open again.

He was concerned for its future and thought that it might be vandalised while it was empty and become an eyesore in the village.

Mr McPherson said: “I think it’s good news that the owners of Strathblane Country House are going to take over.

“I’m glad that it’s opening again.

“Strathblane Country House Hotel had a good track record - they host lots of weddings.

“When I was there recently it was very busy so perhaps they have already attracted some customers from The Kirkhouse Inn.”

The Kirkhouse Inn will have an all day coffee shop, upmarket bar and restaurant.

Mr Duncan, who has owned Strathblane Country House Hotel with his wife for the past five years, said: “It was always our plan to join Strathblane Country House Hotel with The Kirkhouse Inn.

“We’ve been trying to buy it for the past three years so this is third time lucky for us.

“Weddings are a large part of what we do and it wil be great to be able to offer more accomodation for guests.

“We currently have 22 beds - now we wil have an extra 30.

“Our staff are all local and between the two hotels we will emply 55 people.

“Our priority now is to get the Kirkhouse Inn back up and running and freshen it up as it’s been lying empty for a wee while.

“My wife and I look forward to welcoming old and new customers.”