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Listed Scottish pubs to feature in new postcard book from Historic Scotland

25 June 2013

A new publication from Historic Scotland highlights the broad variety of listed pubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow is the first in a series of postcard books from Historic Scotland, and features images of some of the most iconic pubs in the country. The pubs featured were chosen because of their distinctive interiors and exteriors.

Included in the book is the art deco Steps Bar in Glasgow which retains many of its original 1930s features, and the Laurieston in Glasgow, which has a 1960s interior complete with a stand for hot pies. Edinburgh pubs to feature include the ornate Guildford Arms and Bennets Bar, the interior of which remains largely unchanged since 1906. All of the pubs included are in use today, showing that listed buildings are not kept in aspic, but regularly change and adapt to meet new requirements.

Pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow will initially go on sale in the shops at Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and will be available to buy from other retailers later in the year. Historic Scotland aims to make it the first in a series of postcard books for retail, and hopes to launch a new pack every year celebrating an aspect of Scotland’s designated heritage.

Elizabeth McCrone, Head of Listing and Designed Landscapes at Historic Scotland said: “From the opulent Victorian Cafe Royal in Edinburgh to The Laurieston in Glasgow with its charming 1960s interior, Pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow showcases some of the best listed pubs to be found in our two biggest cities. Some are grand and extravagant, others understated and simple. All are distinctive in their own way, and all are still enjoyed by patrons today.”

Pubs of Edinburgh and Glasgow is available from Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, priced £7.95.

Images of all of the pubs featured in the book are available upon request.

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