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Posted: Thursday 11 October, 2007

by Rosemary at 7:47pm in Anything goes 3 comments Add your own

Come on you down-shifters! Fancy a wee restaurant in an up and coming location? Alloa needs you - and we'll try and supply all your runner bean needs!

Alloa, the county town of Clackmannanshire, is a town on the up. To be fair, it was starting from a fairly low base, but it's going in the right direction. So if you want to get your foot in the door, there is a restaurant premises for lease in the town.

Alloa is basically a fine Victorian town that had fallen on hard times due to the demise of its traditional industries - coal, textiles, brewing, distilling, shipbuilding - you name it. But it, and all Clackmannanshire, is experiencing something of a resurgence. The railway is due to open early 2008, so Glasgow will be 50 minutes away by train. The new Upper Forth Crossing (called the Clackmannanshire Bridge, we hope) opens next year too, improving connections to the motorway netweok - yet here we are, with the Ochil Hills to the north and the River Forth to the south, a patchwork of small towns in the countryside, relatively unknown.

There's been a lot of housebuilding, with more to come, so the socio-ecomomic profile of the area will be improving. But we need places for these wealthy folk to eat! In the last couple of years, an old brewery in Alloa has been converted into a pub called "The Old Brewery". It's nice inside, does reasonable food and has a policy of keeping out the riff-raff (and Alloa has its share). A few months ago, an Italian restaurant opened in the town. It's very good. Both are BUNGED.

So when I was in town today, I noticed that a pub called The Linen Vaults is up for lease as a pub or restaurant, and I thought some of you foodie entrepreneurial types might be interested. It's a very nice red sandstone (I think) building - it used to be the Linen Bank (before my time) - hence the name of the pub! In the late 70s, it was "Rosemary's Restaurant" and I worked there as a Saturday girl (there was another Rosemary involved, too). It operated as a cafe until 6pm, then it closed, was hoovered, table cloths, candles and posh place settings put on te tables and it reopened at 7pm as a "proper" restaurant. It's been a couple of pubs since then, but it's back on the market.

If any of you decide to take it on, I don't mind doing a shift or two waiting tables. I know how to silver serve and I scrub up OK!

Comments

Wanda

Thursday 11 October, 2007 at 11:31pm

If we get to visit Scotland in the future, we would certainly stop by this future restaurant!

THANK YOU Rosemary, for how nicely you write your entries. It always puts a smile on my face!!

Glad you rounded up your chickens!

How is the weather? Are you getting a lot of peace time during your vacation?

claire

Monday 15 October, 2007 at 8:41am

sure you do a nice bit of cooking yourself deary, why don't you open a nice cafe?

Malc

Tuesday 16 October, 2007 at 5:56pm

Hi Dan and Rosemary,

Not sure people should be encouraged into the restaurant business, having watched some of the series on BBC.

On the other hand, both hotels on the island of Westray in the Orkneys are for sale. I'd be happy to supply pork.

All the best,

Malc

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