3 Mill Street, Rutherglen, Glasgow. G73 2LT. Tel: 0141 647 3007.
The Cathkin Inn. 1991.
In the NEWS 1978…
Barmaid Isobel McElhinney and Mrs Elizabeth Craig, wife of the manager, have a “trial run” before the opening of the Cathkin Inn. 1978.
New Cathkin Will Bring Back Old Friends…
It’s always a bit of a blow for regulars when their pub has to close and they are left without a friendly howff. But that’s what happened to the customers of the old Cathkin Inn in Mill Street, Rutherglen, when it closed because of redevelopment seven years ago.
But the good news is the Cathkin Inn lives again. Yesterday, Tennent Caledonian Breweries opened a new Cathkin Inn on almost the same spot as the old pub.
Manager of the new Cathkin Inn is Mr Robert Craig, who is confident that the Cathkin can win back all its old regulars. There is a lounge and public bar within the premises and both have been attractively laid out.
The lounge bar has been designed in the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the main colours being black and red. In the public bar the prominent colour is orange. There is also some beautiful dark wood panelling in the gantry.
Mr Craig plans to serve bar snacks in the Inn at lunchtime and if there is a demand for it in the evening also. Although there is no live music, the Inn has a juke box both in the lounge and the public bar and some one arm bandits. The public bar also has a colour television.
Mr Craig, who is from Blantyre, has over 12 years experience in the licensed trade. “The Inn is ideal for a couple looking for a quiet night out or a man going out for a drink with his mates.
The interior is very comfortable and the Inn itself is in a very good spot,” he said. And with four full-time staff and part-timers too, Mr Craig can promise customers a quick and efficient service.
Cathkin Inn. 2010.
I was passing the Cathkin Inn the other day and noticed the place had a new paint job, and it looks very clean.
Cathkin Inn. 2018.
Funny thing … that every time I pass this old Pub it seems to have a new paint job.
Tributes paid to popular Glasgow pub landlord found dead in Rutherglen bar after leaving worrying messages on Facebook
Messages have poured in for Graham Bissett, 58, after the grim discovery in The Cathkin Inn at around 9.50am on Monday.
Mr Graham Bissett.
A GLASGOW pub landlord has been found dead in his Rutherglen bar after leaving worrying messages on Facebook.
Tributes have poured in for popular Graham Bissett, 58, after the grim discovery in The Cathkin Inn at around 9.50am on Monday.
The husband and dad-of-two, originally from Fernhill, had shared several worrying posts on social media in recent weeks.
One heartbreaking message posted by Graham on Monday morning simply read: “Goodbye World”.
Another shared on September 16 read: “Is it worth four years in the pub? Hope the next person that takes over the pub will make a better go of it because marriage comes first.”
But a touching message he posted on August 27 said: “To all my family and friends, I just want to tell you that I love you.
“Because yesterday is gone, today is almost over and tomorrow is not promised.”
Hundreds of messages have since rained in from family and friends for Graham – who was believed to have been stepping down from the pub this week.
And flowers and cards have been left outside pub for the landlord who was well loved for his DJ and impersonation skills.
One online tribute read: “Although my mum and me only knew you a few short years Graham, you made us feel like we’d known you all our lives.
“Completely heartbroken by the news. Our thoughts and love go out to your family and immediate friends.
“Hope you have now found peace. Rest in Peace Graham.”
Another said: “Rest in peace Graham. You lit up so many lives – will always be in our hearts!”
And one wrote: “Graham you were one in a million. Biggest heart of gold.
“Have so many treasured memories of you to keep. Sleep tight Graham god bless!”
A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed Graham had been found dead in The Cathkin Inn at 9.50am on September 24.
They said: “There are no suspicious circumstances.
“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
Thank to the Scottish Sun Newspaper.
In The NEWS…2013.
A mass brawl which left five police officers injured has led to the Cathkin Inn pub in Rutherglen having its licence suspended for five days.
The incident took place at an 18th birthday party on Saturday, November 17 last year.
Licensing Sergeant Andy Macdonald told a Rutherglen and Cambuslang Licensing Board last week that there had been a “large scale disturbance.”
He said two officers attended the party at around 10.20pm where they allege they saw a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male with a “white powder” on them.
The powder was later identified as cocaine.
The 15-year-old was also carrying a pint glass.
When the police tried to arrest the pair, they resisted and other party-goers became “hostile.”
One of the suspects escaped and despite help from door security, a female police officer was allegedly headbutted and kicked on the head.
They called for backup and a further four officers were injured.
Twelve arrests were made on the night while the male who escaped was arrested the next day. Four of those arrested were under 18.
Sergeant Macdonald said the incident had been affected by a “mix of underage youths, alcohol and drugs,” and the police had concerns about the “general lack of control.”
Andrew Hunter of Harper and MacLeod, was representing the licence-holder, Paul Nelson, as well as the Cathkin Inn manager Thomas Bowie.
He said Mr Nelson had six other pubs in the west of Scotland and was vice-chair of the Glasgow pub watch scheme.
He said the pub had stopped taking bookings for 18th birthday parties, something that had a “significant impact on the business,” but they wanted to start doing them again and suggested a condition be putting in place banning anyone under the age of 18 being allowed on the premises during functions. The licence had allowed under 18s to attend functions until 11pm.
He said of the incident itself that “stewards and staff handled it appropriately,” and said seeing family members being arrested had “created a hostile atmosphere,” among the crowd. Additional measures have now been put in place to avoid a repeat added Mr Nelson.
He added: “We truly view this event as a one off.”
Sergeant Macdonald also praised the staff for their reaction, but said: “There was clearly underage drinking taking place (and) high levels of drunkeness on the premises.
“As a result of this incident, other premises have stopped taking 18th birthday parties.”
Mr Nelson said: “It’s fair to say Mr Nelson and Mr Bowie are not suggesting the incident was acceptable but at the same time we believe it was handled appropriately.
“They could not have known when the function was booked that the incident could have happened.