New lease of life for Antonine pub - with 25 jobs lined up

Stephen Bremner
Stephen Bremner

Twenty-five new jobs are to be created at a high street pub which is undergoing a major £325,000 refurbishment under new owners.

The former Antonine Pub in Kirkintilloch, which closed last year, will be renamed The Lion & Star – after Kirkintilloch’s two famous foundries.

Star Pubs & Bars, part of Heineken UK, along with local pub operator Fieldscape, have begun work which they say will transform the run-down venue at Townhead into a family friendly food pub. It is expected to reopen to the public next month.

Posts available 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.

According to its new owners, the interior and exterior of the pub which dates back to the 1970s, will be completely overhauled.

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.

Stephen Bremner of Fieldscape 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!”

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 and secure its long term future and improve the town centre environment.”

Some of the vacancies are being advertised on online site gumtree.