New pub in appeal for iconic telephone box

New pub for Kirkintilloch
New pub for Kirkintilloch

A high street pub which has been undergoing a £325,000 refurbishment officially opens this month and is now recruiting to fill 25 posts.

The former Antonine Pub in Kirkintilloch, renamed The Lion & Star after the town’s two famous foundries is also still on the lookout for an iconic red telephone box.

The Liion Foundry was famous for producing the distinctive phone boxes.

A spokesperson for Star Pubs & Bars who own the venue, said: “People can apply via the email address or via the job centre.”

Posts at the new venue which welcomes its first customers on Wednesday, March 23, range from managers to kitchen staff, cleaners, bar staff and waiting staff. Of these, the firm says 60 per cent will be part-time positions.

Pub operator Stephen Bremner said: ““We’ve named the pub after Kirkintilloch’s foundries, The Lion and The Star, which used to produce the iconic red telephone boxes.

“If anyone has one and is looking for a new home for it, we’d love to hear from you.”

According to its new owners, the interior and exterior of the pub which dates back to the 1970s, has been completely overhauled and turned into a family friendly food pub.

The layout of the pub is being reconfigured to be open plan on one level with a new bar and an area for coffee and drinks.

More info on the refurbished pub at Townend can be found at or on Twitter @lionandstar

He added: “We’re excited to be taking on the Lion & Star, adding to the increasing number of quality food and drink outlets which have started to appear in the town centre in the last 18 months.”

Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars added: “Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub.

“We’re delighted to be investing in The Lion & Star, helping to transform the pub’s fortunes, secure its long term future and improve the town centre.”