Eaglesham’s Swan Inn up for top prize

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Eaglesham’s Swan Inn has made the final four of the Best Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year in the annual Scottish Bar and Pub Awards.

It’s being seen by regulars as a fair reward for a major transformation of the East Renfrewshire venue under new ownership this year.

This involved not only a complete refurbishment but also the launch of a completely new menu (in a new kitchen) and many other innovative and attractive features.

Dating back to 1832 (when Charles Darwin was starting to make scientific waves), the Swan’s contemporary take on the classic inn theme has won many new customers from around Eaglesham and across East Renfrewshire and beyond.

The classic Sunday roast, exotic global cuisine dishes, an imaginative drinks choice and a continual stream of eyecatching new customer offers attracted serious attention from judges at top Scottish licensed trade publication The Dram.

Now the Eaglesham hostelry is in the frame for what many in the trade see as the industry’s equivalent of the movie world Oscar.

A spokesman for the business said: “We will find out next week if we have won this superb award title, and of course we realise we are up against tough competition from across the country.

“But to manage even the final four is a great tribute to everything achieved by the team here in under a year, so it would be great if we clinched that title”.

The Dram magazine has identified casual dining as a major consumer trend in Scotland, with ambience, realistic prices, decor and service all seen as vital factors by discerning customers.

The Scottish Bar and Pub Awards (incorporating the Dram Awards) judges will have the difficult decision of deciding whether the Swan is best of an elite quartet which also includes The Anchor Inn at Broughty Ferry and the Mill House in Stewarton.

Last week local politicians Paul Masterton MP and Jackson Carlaw MSP flagged up the Inn as an ideal example of an entrepreneurial local trade venture making the most of the potential to be found in Eaglesham - and found the venue “packed” on the day they visited.