Jun 23 2010 by Richard Mooney, Airdrie & Coatbridge
COATBRIDGE’S very own Cul De Sac pub has been named as one of the best four pubs in Scotland after making to the finals of a national competition.
The John Street bar, formerly 24 and previously Enigma, is one of four in the running to be crowned Sunday Mail Pub of the Year at the Scottish Licensed Trade Awards on June 28 at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.
Cul De Sac was named as one of the top pubs after readers of the Sunday Mail bombarded the paper with votes following an article shortlisting it as one of 12 pubs running for the highly coveted award.
Voters praised Cul De Sac for its “out of the world” beer garden, fine selection of drinks and atmosphere.
Manager Brian Timmons said that he “couldn’t believe it” when he received word that his pub had made it into the top four.
He said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic. Just last year we got the pub, shut the doors and spent a lot of money doing the place up. We only opened Cul De Sac about six months ago and for it to make it to the finals of a national competition already is simply unbelievable. Everything that’s going on is incredible.”
Speaking about his pub’s chances, Bryan said: “We’re up against some of the best pubs in Scotland and I’m not sure how we’ll fare. However, we’ve done great to get where we are right now and I just hope, for the future, that our business continues to grow from strength to strength.”
Organiser of the awards ceremony and editor of industry magazine Dram, Susan Young said: “Scotland has some of the finest bars in the world and the Sunday Mail award recognises that.
“The awards have been running for 15 years and winning Pub of the Year is a great honour.
“It really is the biggest accolade in Scotland’s pub industry.”
Check out next week’s Advertiser to see how Cul De Sac got on.