Glasgow's Church on the Hill reopens following £650k refurbishment

A popular bar in Glasgow's southside has reopened its doors following a £650,000 refurbishment.

Published 19th Apr 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Recently taken over by the group behind other Glasgow bars such as The Raven, The Spiritualist and Smokin’ Fox, Church on the Hill has had a full revamp of its food and drink offering and interior, with an aim to restoring the pub's legacy as a southside favourite.

Shaun Donnellan, area manager for new owners Signature Pubs, said: “It’s fantastic to finally open the doors to Church on the Hill. We have had such support from the community throughout this whole process, so it’s great to finally meet the faces behind that and thank them.

“We’ve spent a lot of time researching what the locals want in terms of our menus and features, and we believe we’ve come up with something special; a place to eat, drink, relax, chill out, make memories; a place for all the family whilst remaining the place in the Southside to party at weekends. So please head on down and make our home your own.”

Church on the Hill

The bar area is now much bigger. Picture: TSPL

Donellan added that Signature were keen to reinstall and widen the community appeal with some of the £650k investment being used to install quirky elements such as a ‘Doggie Hall of Fame’, a children’s play area, a southside mural created by local artist, Danny McDermott and a 'bar top confession box' for all the small time sinners.

The area manager also confirmed that the bar team will be keen to work with community groups going forward.

Church on the Hill

Picture: Church on the Hill

The interior of the bar has undergone some major changes with the ceiling being raised to expose the full length stained-glass windows, soft furnishings being added to make it more comfortable, the raised area having been pushed back to create more space and  feature lighting installed throughout.

As part of its relaunch, the team have added an updated food and drink offering  with Monday’s now being salad nights, choose a ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ salad from only £8, Steak Supper Club taking over on Tuesday nights, whilst a Sharing Roast for all the family is top of the menu on Sundays.

Wednesday has also been allocated as the ‘Mate or Date’ night – where if you don’t have a date you can instead bring along your mate and enjoy a sharing platter for two with a pint or glass of wine from £14.

• READ MORE: Video: A sneak peak at Glasgow’s newly revamped Church on the Hill before it opens

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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