New owners and new look for historic Milngavie pub

Cross Keys'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/5/12
Cross Keys'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/5/12

IT’S transition time for one of the district’s oldest and best known pubs.

The historic Cross Keys, in Milngavie, has been bought by brothers Pravesh and Rahul Randev - successful businessmen who already own several high profile establishments in Lenzie, Bishopbriggs and Glasgow.

Situated on Station Road, the Cross Keys is believed to date back to the 1800s.

The new owners have ambitious plans for the venue.

They are planning to completely refurbish it early in January and hope to re-open in March or April next year.

Other successful businesses in the Randev brothers’ portfolio include the Oregano Restaurant and The Eagle Lodge, both in Bishopbriggs and Rasoi indian restaurant in Lenzie, which recently won “Indian restaurant of 2012” in the national curry awards. They also own Carriages bar and Irrocco restaurant, both in Lenzie.

Architects are currently drawing up designs for a modernised interior at The Cross Keys and the brothers are planning a substantial re-fit.

Rahul said: “I live in Bearsden, so I know the pub well and I know it’s an iconic site in Milngavie.

“We’re already well established in East Dunbartonshire and we’ve been looking for an opportunity in Milngavie or Bearsden for a long time.

“When The Cross Keys was put up for sale we were delighted to get the chance to buy it. We were in negotiations for six months to get it.

“Until now it has been run as an old style pub. We would like to bring it up to date - creating a bistro style restaurant and modern bar.

“We already have a good reputation for buying older style buildings and doing them up to create a nice environment for people to eat and drink.

“I’m sure that people in Milngavie will be delighted with what we’re going to do and we’re really looking forward to it.

“Our aim is to take the Cross Keys pub up a notch - it will be really nice and we will run it well with high quality food and drink.”