Buccleuch Property has welcomed the opening of a new 300 cover family pub and restaurant at its Sheriffhall South development site in Midlothian, alongside the completion of its own extensive infrastructure works and the building of an access road.
Leading pub retailer and brewer Greene King bought the 1.4 acre site at Sheriffhall South in early 2014 for the development of the quality, family-friendly restaurant under its Farmhouse Inn concept, which will trade as Elginhaugh Farm at this location.
The 400 cover restaurant will have indoor and outdoor dining and includes a children’s activity play area, free wi-fi and additional informal areas for business users.
Buccleuch’s Sheriffhall South development comprises two sites of 9 and 11 acres on either side of the A7, directly opposite Dobbies Garden World and just off the Edinburgh City Bypass. It provides excellent development opportunities across the two areas, with plots available from 0.25 acres to 11 acres, zoned for a range of employment uses.
The central location offers excellent transport links with its proximity to the City Bypass and national road network. It will further benefit from the new nearby Shawfair station, part of the Borders Rail Link, which is due to open in 2015.
Steph Dorward, Associate with Buccleuch Property commented: “The opening of the Elginhaugh Farm restaurant and the associated infrastructure works that we have undertaken are a very positive step in our development of this site. The prominent location and accessibility of Sheriffhall South make it very appealing to occupiers and it is generating a strong level of interest.”
Peter Hebblethwaite, business unit director for Farmhouse Inns, said: “Farmhouse Inns have earned a reputation for serving much-loved carveries, cask ales and homemade cakes and this restaurant will be no exception. We are pleased to have created around 55 new local full and part time jobs by opening here.”
“Farmhouse Inns focus on serving good food and the comprehensive menu offers a choice of popular traditional British and modern dishes, as well as a daily carvery, ice-creams and homemade desserts.”
Sheriffhall South sits close to Buccleuch Property’s Shawfair development, which will be the largest urban expansion project to date in Edinburgh and Midlothian, being undertaken in partnership with Mactaggart & Mickel. The £200m development aims to revitalise the South East Wedge of the city by creating a new residential and commercial quarter with around 4,000 new, quality homes and one million sq ft of commercial and retail space. This development will also exist alongside Shawfair Park, Buccleuch’s established business park adjacent to the City Bypass, and already a commercial hub for South Edinburgh.
Agents Coates & Co and Montagu Evans acted on behalf of Buccleuch Property.
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About Buccleuch Property
Buccleuch Property (www.buccleuchproperty.co.uk) represents the commercial property interests of Buccleuch Group with the core of its business within investment, development, strategic land and residential.
With offices in Edinburgh and London, Buccleuch Property has a market exposure of £350m through a UK wide investment portfolio and a range of development sites with a pipeline in excess of two million sq ft.
Buccleuch Property has four strategic joint ventures with Native Land, Queensberry, Longrose Buccleuch and Audley Retirement covering the residential, leisure and retirement sectors across the UK.
The business also has a portfolio of strategic land opportunities together with joint ventures in the US and Germany.
About Greene King
• Greene King, the pub retailer and brewer, was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 23,000 people across its main trading divisions: Retail, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
• It operates c. 1,900 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which c. 1,000 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and c. 900 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands are Hungry Horse, Old English Inns, Eating Inn and Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill.
• Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries, and is the UK’s leading cask ale brewer and premium ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.