The owners of popular Glasgow bars The Raven, Smokin’ Fox and The Spiritualist have acquired the Church on the Hill and are set to revamp and relaunch the southside favourite this spring.

The date for the reopening of the former church is set for April 2018 with the team behind the project having spent £650,000 on an extensive refurbishment to breathe new life into the venue.

The bar, which has built up a large loyal following over the past 10 years, has become something of an institution in the southside, and Signature pubs are hoping to honour that legacy with a reinvigorated approach to food, beverage, entertainment and atmosphere.

Shaun Donnellan, area manager, said: “Glasgow’s southside is an area so full of pride, talent and creativity, so it’s crucial to us to ensure the ‘spirit of the Southside’ remains firmly at the heart of this project.

“It has always been important to us that we support local, independent businesses where possible, so we are looking to engage in sponsorship opportunities with community sports teams and to provide long-term contributions to local charities. We’re also excited to say that we will be a host venue for 2018’s Southside Fringe!”

According to the Signature team, the chefs behind The Raven and Smokin’ Fox have created a menu that has “something for everyone”, from “gastro classics to dishes with a difference”, such as the Spice Rubbed Lamb Shoulder or Beer Glazed Whole Roast Cauliflower.

They add that The Church on the Hill burger is not to be missed and can be paired with anything from a Copa de Balon served gin and tonic to your favourite lager.

The drinks menu has also been tweaked by the team at The Spiritualist with a focus on a wide range of spirits, classic cocktails and local craft beers.

A family focus will also play a big role in the new pub’s ethos, with a children’s menu and play area on offer to keep the kids happy, while dogs will also be welcome and will even have their very own ‘Wall of Fame’!

The pub also intends to play a big part with local community groups.

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Driven by a passion for all things whisky-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 six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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