Battlefield Rest installs beehives to mark centenary

Published 19th Jun 2015
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

One of Glasgow's most well-known restaurants is to install beehives on its roof as part of its 100th birthday celebrations.

Battlefield Rest, celebrating its centenary this year, is to put two beehives on the restaurant's roof to help diminishing numbers on honeybees as well as providing an on-site source of honey for its kitchen.

Motherwell-based firm Plan Bee, who has worked with the likes of Glengoyne Distillery and Highland Spring, will supply Battlefield Rest with the hives.

Experts believe that around half of the world's honeybee population has died out in the last 20 years.

Owner Marco Giannasi said that the hives would help the eatery to 'raise the bar in urban sustainability'. He told the Evening Times: "Our customers expect high quality produce, they want local produce and they want it to be good for the environment."

Battlefield Rest was once dubbed the 'most exotic tram shelter in Glasgow', and is one of the most recognised buildings on the city's South Side.

A B-listed building since 1981, Mr Giannasi bought the structure for a pound and refurbished it, saving it from demolition.

Having sampled beers from Vietnam to Boston, Patrick felt it was time to turn his attention to the growing Scottish craft beer scene. Despite what some would call a Rebus-esque attachment to Deuchars IPA, he has turned his attention to smoked porters, hoppy pilsners and roasty stouts and hasn't looked back since.
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