Campaign to combat loneliness launches in pubs across Scotland

Staff from the Old Chain Pier pub and Big Hearts Community Trust enjoy a festive lunch

STAR Pubs & Bars lessees in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline are taking part in a festive campaign to promote community spirit and togetherness in pubs over the Christmas period.

The Brewing Good Cheer campaign, which is run by Star Pubs parent company Heineken and is now in its fourth year, encourages venues to host community-focused events to highlight the central role pubs play in bringing people together in local areas.

In Edinburgh, the lessees of the Kilderkin, the Spylaw Tavern, the Caley Sample Rooms, the Tally Ho, The Broughton, the Athletic Arms, and Old Chain Pier are backing the cause to combat loneliness.

Elsewhere, Glasgow pub Macsorleys, the Old Crown Inn in Penicuik and Rumblingwell in Dumfermline are also on board.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director of Star Pubs & Bars, said: “The Great British pub is at the heart of communities up and down the country. It’s a place where people from all walks of life can come together to meet old friends and make new ones.

“We’re delighted to be working with more of our pub licensees than ever for the fourth year of Brewing Good Cheer. In that time, we’ve worked with hundreds of pubs and brought together thousands of people, reminding and inspiring people to use their local.

“We want to bring people together, to show them exactly what our great pubs have to offer, not just at Christmas time but all year long.”