Introducing “The Hoolets” and their new beer garden!
It’s one of the oldest pubs in Blantyre, built in 1745 and it’s currently getting an extensive facelift! At the invite of new owner Mick Flynn, Blantyre Telegraph was invited recently to check out the ongoing renovations of the Bardykes Road pub and their brand new beer garden!
Formerly Barnhill Tavern and Hoolets Nest, Mick took over the business on 21st May 14 and was closed for a week whilst construction work took place, knocking down large internal partitions, opening the pub up to a spacious and open plan layout. The toilets were refurbished. One of the biggest changes is the name, with the pub now known as “The Hoolets” rather than the Hoolets nest. Whilst renovation continues, the pub is open for business and all the charm and character of the pub has been retained. Mick has some big plans, which he gave us a sneak preview of. Already a big hit, is the new beer Garden, with more seating outside in what can only be described as “a large sun trap!”. Trees and bushes
cut away and lighting within the trees add to the ambiance making it a wonderful secluded retreat to sit and have a refreshment or three.
The refurbishments mean that the regulars will still be familiar with the old place, but also a new generation will be attracted to what the pub has to offer.
Blantyre Project reader Mary Wood who was enjoying some quiet time told us “Isn’t this wonderful. It’s a sun trap and peaceful, away from the road”.
Leaving impressed after a good natter with some interesting folks in the garden, we look forward to coming back soon and hope the people of Blantyre agree with us that this is a most welcome development. All the best Mick and to The Hoolets!