1344 Duke Street, Glasgow. G31 5QG. Tel: 01415508788.
also see Duke of Tourraine Tollcross Road.
This popular bar and restaurant was originally opened as the Duke of Touraine.
Advert for the Duke. 1970.
What the News said in 1970…
I paid my first visit to the Parkhead district last week – to call on the Matteo family, whose Duke of Touraine restaurant was officially opened yesterday by actor John Cairney.
I really didn’t know quite what to expect as I eyed the drab buildings en route. What I found was something akin to an oasis in a desert. Tucked away among the industrial buildings, the workyards, and the tenements there is an absolutely charming licensed restaurant run by an equally charming family – father, mother, two sons, and two daughters.
They’ve all got their own jobs to do they work with a team spirit to be admired. “The Duke of Touraine” is a new name to be seen at 1342 Duke Street, but the Matteo family certainly aren’t new to the area, or to the catering trade, for that matter. Father Robert Matteo bought the premises about eight years ago for his sons to run. At that time consisted of a snack bar and a bakery. “But,” says elder son Tony, “that wasn’t our line, so we turned the bakery into a small licensed restaurant.”
Duke of Tourraine advert. 1976.
Until its recent transformation it was known as Le Bon Appetit. The place proved so popular obvious that expansion was the only answer to their problems. So the family bought a fruit shop next door to the restaurant, and about six months ago work started on an ambitious facelift and general change-around.
The fruit shop was to become a cosy little function suite, and the snack bar and restaurant a lovely olde worlde restaurant where winers and diners can enjoy a cabaret act and dance away to their hearts content. The new name of the place might puzzle folk somewhat. “Well, we wanted something old and connected with the district.” Tony explained. “So we consulted the curator of the Old Glasgow Museum, who suggested this title.
“It is an old French one belonging to the Duke of Hamilton. Apparently it was given to one of his ancestors – the fourth Duke of Hamilton – in 1423. “At one time the Douglas family owned Upper Lanarkshire, including the land on which the restaurant stands.” The Duke of Hamilton gave his permission for a portrait of his ancestors to be used on the menu.
The Matteo family. 1970.
Left to right Robert, Linda, Mrs Maria Matteo, Gloria and Tony.
A “soft light and sweet music” atmosphere plus striking decor by Anthony Sabatini and Oscar Cantani, make this a very desirable place to visit. There are other attractions too – like the two lovely Matteo daughters, Linda and Gloria, who take on the role of waitresses. Then there’s their mother Maria, who is in charge behind the bar, and younger son Robert who helps Tony on the administration side of things.
It’s one big happy family and they’re all out to provide a homely sophisticated atmosphere for Glasgow’s diners.
Maestro Frank Ray, the new restaurant manager preparing one of his specialities for Tom & Jack (Alexander Brothers). Frank Ray, the restaurant manager, joined the company recently. Frank, who has worked in top-class restaurants throughout the city for many years, is called the Maestro.
Enjoy the warm & friendly surroundings of this exquisite restaurant.
Dinner – Dance
every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
to the, Ricky Taylor Trio
under the personal supervision of the proprietors, Tony and Robert Matteo.
The Matteo family have one aim – they want to find out what sort of entertainment their customers want. This week they will be providing two “experimental evenings.” – Wednesday will be ceilidh night, with Scottish entertainment and Scottish food on the menus; and on Thursday they’re going Italian with Italian food and music.
Generally, however, they will be sticking to their nightly dinner-dance idea – 25s during the week and 30s on Saturdays. The a la carte menu is a real mouth-waterer, and chef Jim Bow and the commis chef Allan Keane have their work cut out to provide all the delicious meals listed. The out-of-the-ordinary dish is just as evident as the more-common one. For example, how do you fancy starting off with Escargots Bourguignonne – snails served in garlic butter flavoured with red wine?
Linda Matteo serves dinner at the restaurant. 1970.
The News in February 1979…
One of the best-known and most popular restaurants in the Eastend of Glasgow is up for sale… at offers of around £70,000. It is the Duke of Tourraine at Parkhead Cross.
The Duke was given to Robert Matteo and his brother Tony 17 years ago by their father. At that time it was a snack bar and bakery, but over the years the Matteo brothers, with the help of their father and mother and sisters, built it into one of the few gourmet restaurants in the Eastend of Glasgow, or any-where in the city for that matter.
John Cairney has staged many of his one-man shows in the Duke and others regulars were poet- Jimmy Black and Hector Nicol and Mr. Abie. Robert bought out his brother several years ago, but now he has put the restaurant on the open market. “My father died at Christmas. He was a great help in running the restaurant, but even before that I’d been thinking of selling up.” said Robert.
“I’m getting on for 35 years of age, and I hardly know my children, Roberto 13 and Antonella 10. For years I seem to have been working seven days a week and very often 16 hours a day.
Duke advert 1979.
Antlers advert 1984.
Mr Robert Matteo. 1984.
IN THE NEWS 1962…
Diggin for information on the Matteo family I stumbled across a restaurateur who was fined £100 by the Glasgow Courts for stealing electricity. Mr Michael Matteo a restaurateur of Westmuir Street and Duke Street was caught using electric power from a neighbouring property to run in his restaurant.
The Gallery. 2005.
One again this place has a new name, now called The Thistle Tavern. 2008.
The Thistle Tavern. 2008.
Also see Tony Matteo’s premises Ocean’s.
602 Duke Street, Glasgow. G31 1JX. Tel: 0141 554 7890.
The Quarter Gill 1991.
This popular Rangers football pub is now called the Bristol Bar, and is just one of the many Ranger’s public houses on Duke Street. To read the full history of this popular east end pub click here.
The Bristol Bar. 2005.
Interior view of the Bristol Bar 2005. A large pool table takes up most of the floor space.
This pub was formerly called The White Horse.
The Bristol Bar. 2008.
The Cruz Club. 2008.
The Cruz Club has never opened, the owners of the Bristol Bar built the club a few years ago and never got permission or a licence to open it.
674 Duke Street, Glasgow, G31 1JZ.
The Ballochmyle. 1991.
To read more on the Ballochmyle Bar click here.
In the NEWS 1978…
Scotland’s comedy entertainers clubbed together today and brought out a World Cup special.
Comedians Mr Abie (left) with Benn Gunn on his right, and Tony Duncan (extreme right) handed over a two and a half foot World Cup cake to Glasgow’s taxi-drivers children’s outing.
The presentation took place at the Ballochmyle Bar in Duke Street, Glasgow. The cake, which has a large ball made of icing as its centre-piece, is to be raffled among the pub’s regulars.
Also in the picture is the pub owner James Mortimer, who is in front of Archie McPherson of the BBC.
151 Duke Street, Glasgow.
This old Duke Street howff sat at the gushet of Duke Street and St. Ann’s Place, which became known as Parkhouse Lane. Many will remember this old pub as Jack’s Bar.
In 1851 James McCulloch was landlord, he continued as licensee until 1873. A lady then acquired the licence, Mrs Margaret Wright, but she only lasted in the old pub for a short spell. The Montgomery family then took over the pub, they lasted a bit longer, 18 years to be precise, this meant they were making a living out of this popular east end howff. Scottish Brewer’s acquired the pub many years down the line, a strange situation as Tennent Caledonian Brewery was situated right next door.
During the 1930s and 40s James Hutchison wine and spirit merchant occupied the premises, he also had pub on Paisley Road West called James Hutchison.
The pub stayed open until the late 1970s, and was demolished in the way of redevelopment in the area.
Jack’s Bar. 1960s.
There was another Auld Gushet House at no 125 Duke Street which later became known as the Lorne. It was established in 1845, during that time there was no interruption in the licence until around 1900. In 1892 the proprietor was Mr Archibald Sharp, whose connection with the business began when he was a boy. Back in the pre-MacKenzie times, when Thomas Elder, who was for thirty-five years as lessee, Mr Sharp recollect of customers knocking the house-hold up long after midnight to get served and they had no alternative but to serve them, so tyrannical and arbitrary were the laws then that regulated the holder of a licence.
Mr Elder was at the outset of his career a blacksmith, and the first manufacturer of the portable iron horse which was shipped in hundreds to the Colonies. The old pub had undergone many internal changes and some external ones, but it still retained many traces of the typical old Glasgow taverns. The walls, at least several of them were hand-painted, a feature which probably is unique so far as the trade of Glasgow is concerned. In the 1850s an artist offered Mr Elder to paint the walls with landscapes and figures. Mr Elder consented, not stipulating for the cost. The artist worked away for a long time, and at the close of the job presented a bill for over a hundred pounds. The work was well done, as could be seen in the 1890s; but although Mr Elder protested against the amount he had to meet the bill.
To old Glasgow people the Auld House was mainly associated with the diminutive figure of a man which adorns the north-western gable. The black little man, which oscillates with every gust of wind, has been an object of interest to children for close on half a century. It still held it’s place in 1892. A new pub took it’s place at the beginning of the 1900s still owned by the Elder family. The address was now 127 Duke Street, over the years Glasgow publican’s have run the pub and left their mark, some of them you may remember during and after the First World War Andrew N Ritchie was landlord followed by Mr Lawrence Carson and William Carson, George A MacKay was one of the last licensee’s during the 1970s. The pub was then demolished, the old tavern was then known as the Lorne.
In the NEWS 1976…
Masked gang grab £150 in pub raid.
Police were searching last night for three armed men who burst into a Glasgow pub, threatened the staff, and grabbed £150 in cash and charity coppers.
The men, masked and carrying a gun, a hatchet, and a knife, knocked on the door of the Lorne Bar, 127 Duke Street, at about 10.40 a.m. Mrs Margaret Shannon, the manageress, who was preparing the shop with two other women, answered the door.
The raiders burst past her, brandishing the weapons. They forced the women to stand against the wall. The men were told that the cash had already been banked. But they found about £150, including charity money for old-age pensioners and a children’s home. They also took cigarettes. Then they drove away in a red car.
Police car waiting outside the Lorne Bar in Duke Street. 1976.
Duke Street is the longest Street in the UK.
1977 Scottish Brewer’s.
1973-1972 Bruce Fortune Duff. for Scottish Brewer’s.
1965 Scottish Brewer’s.
1955-1950 John Campbell.
1947-1930 James Hutchison.
1925-1907 James McInnes.
1899-1895 Kenneth Howie Wallace.
1894-1885 James Montgomery.
1880-1876 Robert Montgomery.
1875 Mrs Margaret Wright.
468 Duke Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow. G31Tel: 01415544757.
First licensed in 1870. Landlord Walker Laird occupied the premises until 1884. Well known Glasgow publican Andrew Jardine then took over the business, he also had a licensed grocers shop at 400 Duke Street. The rent for the premises in 1899 was £90 per annum. Mr Jardine resided at 110 Ingelby Drive, Dennistoun.
Thanks to Brian Charlton for the following email…
“I used to work in the Alexandra Bar in Duke Street in the late 1960s. The manager was an Irishman called Pat (don’t know his 2nd name). He was a very mean man and had a special deal with a whisky supplier who supplied him with whisky in bulk. No matter what standard whisky you bought in there, you always got the same cheap whisky. I am surprised none of the punters caught on, as the bottles were used over and over and the labels were all very grubby looking. He also collected all of the “Slops” from the beer drip trays in a bucket and disappeared down into the cellar with them (even though there was a sink in the bar), we think he poured it into one of the darker beer tanks suck as “light” beer. Another penny pinching exercise was to pour the spilled spirits from the drip trays into Black Rum as this would hide it well.
Whilst I worked there, the under manager left to run a pub of his own in the Gallowgate. He was looking for barmaids, so my girl friend (now my wife) got a job with him. I think it was called the Shandon Bells, it was on the south side of the Gallowgate quite near the Bellgrove Hotel (model).