16 Woodhill Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow. G64 1JL. Tel: 0141 762 2262.
Opened in 1965 The Nairn was built to cater for weddings and functions in the area. It was equipped with three bars a function room and a large kitchen. Scandinavian decor was a feature of the lounge bar, a wall separated it from a small cocktail bar in broken wrought iron work with artificial climbing plants.
The ceiling of the cocktail bar was railed into sections by narrow black oak beams, the walls were panelled in elm intersected with ebony strip wood. The bar front was of elm wood with a black speckled bar counter.
The attractive public bar which also has lounge cocktail bars and a large function room which can accommodate 150 people.
The walls were decorated with prints of vintage cars, the light fittings suspended from the ceiling were replicas of old oil lamps. On the upper floor was the function room with a brides room for weddings.
There was also a small stage at the end of the room. Adjacent to this was the large kitchen. Another feature of the Nairn was the stereophonic music system which was wired throughout the whole building.
The Nairn was owned by the West of Scotland Taverns part of J & R Tennent group and managed by John Middleton.
Passing through Auchinairn Road and noticed that the old Nairn bar has a new name “The Campsie.” Named after the Campsie hills which can be seen from this area. The Campsie still has the 1960s feel to it. This pub has always looked like a function suite than a pub, just the way they the owners intended it to be in 1965.
The last time I seen this popular bar a new sign was needed above the door. Indeed they must have read this page, even though it took them two years to do it.
Again the last time I passed The Campsie bar it had a new sign and this time a sign and a different colour too. The interior has not changed that much since the 1960s, this is not a negative but a good thing that the owners have kept it so well.
Do you have any memories of this 1960s lounge bar? If so please leave a comment.