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Features dedicated to the licensed trade in Scotland.

SNP MP warns: Cut business rates or risk ‘economic calamity’

Stirling MP Alyn Smith has called on finance secretary Shona Robison to introduce 75% rates relief for hospitality businesses in order to ‘head off a regional economic calamity’.

Ullapool fish and chip restaurant The Seaforth is crowned best in the North

The Seaforth Bar and Restaurant puts its success down to sourcing all its seafood from within a few kilometres’ radius of Ullapool through local fishmonger, SRC Seafood.

Marc Gardner appointed cluster manager for duo of Crerar hotels

Marc has been with Crerar Hotels for 17 years and takes on the elevated role following four years as GM of the Oban Bay Hotel and twelve years previously as GM at the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa.

Scottish resort unveils details of its ‘biggest ever’ Christmas programme

Crieff Hydro's Winter Wonderland, complete with ice skating rink, fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto and reindeer experience, is set to be a sell out, with over 12,000 tickets sold so far.

Home Office eyes next summer’s international football feel-good factor

If any of the home nations teams reach the later stages of the Euro 2024 tournament, the UK Home Office has proposed that licensed premises be allowed to open later for the semi-finals and final.

Grand opening as Sandman Hotel Group expands into Glasgow

The new, multimillion-pound property at the west side of the city centre is said to be ‘ideally situated for both business and leisure travellers seeking a 4* hotel experience’.

Three Thistles selling ‘magnificent seven’ portfolio of pubs

Up for sale: Glasgow's Dram!, The Clockwork Beer Co and The West Side Tavern; Edinburgh's The Steading; Lasswade's The Laird and Dog; Paisley's Telfords; and Balloch's The Dog House.

Venues should welcome customers carrying cannabis prescriptions

Due to the historical stigma around the drug, legitimate holders of a medical prescription can still hit problems when visiting hospitality venues with cannabis on their person

Bruntsfield’s Fin & Grape gets a wine bar for its third birthday

Fin & Grape opened its doors in the peak of the pandemic in 2020, and became famous for the queue of foodies waiting to get their hands on one of its now famous BBQ Lobster Rolls.

Manorview launches its first community hub in Coatbridge

The Hub is described as a huge milestone for Manorview’s registered charity, the Manorview Foundation, and an important part of the group’ mission to ‘make life better through hospitality’.


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