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Scottish Pubs for non-smokers

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Scottish pubs which cater for non smokers

Author: Craig Cockburn
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First published 1993
Last updated 04 June 2005

Historic Announcement

On 10th November 2004, the Scottish Executive announced there is to be a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places in Scotland.

More details

After 15 years of arguing the case, I am delighted.

As a result, this list will happily become redundant as there will be no need to have a special list for non smokers once the relevant legislation takes force, expected to be Spring 2006. From that date, every pub and bar will be a pub for non smokers, as well as the majority of smokers who wish to give up their addiction.

The smoking ban is not so extensive in England, however Wetherspoons have announced they will be banning smoking in all their pubs.


No reliability is assumed for any of the information here, as the author has been unable to verify each place individually. You should check first what facilities are available before going. I have excluded establishments which are not generally open to the public unless you attend an event there, i.e. theatres, cinemas, etc. Most of those pubs and bars have some sort of provision for non-smokers and some are entirely smoke free. (The Queen's Hall in Edinburgh is mostly smoke free and although there is physical separation of smokers and non-smokers, the smoky air often drifts into the non-smoking area). Proprietors take note! I don't want a non-smoking area - I want a Smoke-Free area!! Smoking isn't the problem - SMOKE is the problem!!

Sources of information

The Good Beer Guide, Published by the Campaign for Real Ale.
(CAMRA) £12.99. There are over 270 pubs out of the 5,000 in the 1995 guide marked as having a no-smoking area. Since surveying was started in 1992, the number of pubs with this symbol has increased by at least 25% each year.

Eat, Sleep and Drink Smoke Free (92/93 editions)
Published by Headway Books, Birch Hagg House, Low Mill, York,
YO6 6XJ Tel: 01751 432580 Fax: 01751 433197 £7.95

The 1993 Good Pub Guide (Edbury Press), formerly published by The Consumers' Association. Has a special section at the back on no-smoking bars in the UK.

Pints of View: The newsletter of Edinburgh and South East Scotland CAMRA

..and contributions from the Internet

The List


Selkirk: Tibbie Shiels Inn, Tel: 01750- 42231
Swinton: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Tel: 0189 086- 257


Dollar: Strathallan Hotel, Tel: 01259-742205

Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries: Station Hotel, Tel: 01387- 54316


Kettlebridge: Kettlebridge Inn, Tel: 01337- 830232


Belvedere Hotel, Evan Street, Stonehaven
(01569 762672)


Inverness: Glenruidh House, Tel: 01463- 226499
Kingussie: Royal Hotel, Tel: 01540- 661898
Ullapool: The Ceilidh Place, Tel: 01854- 612103
(three pubs for 350,000 people ! That's about 60,000 non-smoking adults per pub!! Does anyone see a market opportunity here?)


Entirely smoke free

The Black Swan in Leith
Black Swan, 23 Sandport Pl, Edinburgh,

Lauriston Farm Brewers Fayre
The first pub in Scotland to impose a complete ban on smoking.

The White Hart in Grassmarket is now operating as a non-smoking pub.

So too is the Sheep Heid in Duddingston.

No-smoking areas

Edinburgh (Central): The Filmhouse has a cafe/bar which is
open to non-patrons, serves food and beer and has a small
non-smoking area. However the beer is well overpriced. The Filmhouse is at 88 Lothian Road. Tel: 0131 228 6382

The Hogshead in Edinburgh has a no-smoking zone at the back and also has a very good ventilation system throughout. You have to be sitting right next to someone to notice their smoke.
Address: 30-32 Bread Street, Tel: 0131 221 0575

The Standing Order, at 62 George St (near Frederick St) has a
large non-smoking room. Tel: 0131 225 4460. Part of the Wetherspoon chain (See end for details)

The Black Bull in the Grassmarket (no. 12) has a few no smoking tables near the front of the building on the left hand side. Tel: 0131 225 7630

Edinburgh (Newhaven):
The Old Chain Pier
Has a separate refurbished non-smoking room, no smoking at the bar area and no smoking on the mezzanine/top deck bar area. It also has a new ventilation system that will clear smoke out of the one remaining smoking area plus new management focussed on providing a non-smoky environment.

Edinburgh (Surgeon's Hall): The Festival Theatre. 0131-529 6000. Real Ale, no smoking allowed at all. The bar is at the front and you don't have to be attending a performance to have a drink there.

Leadburn: Leadburn Inn (West Linton). Tel: 01968- 672952

Lothianburn: The Steading. Tel 0131- 445 1128
(no-smoking restaurant which converts into a no-smoking drinking area when the meals trade dies down, usually after 9pm)

Newtongrange: The Dean Tavern. It has no non-smoking area, but the main bar is enormous - the biggest in Scotland for most of the 20th century - and with a very high pitched ceiling, smoke just goes straight up. If it's absolutely packed there'll be a problem but it's so big that hardly ever happens. (This is NOT the case for the smaller rooms).

Penicuik: Craigiebield House Hotel (50 Bog Road). Tel: 01968- 672557

Queensferry: Hawes Inn Hotel, Tel: 0131- 331 1990
(no-smoking family room until 9pm, smoking is allowed after 9pm). Also in Queensferry, the Two Bridges hotel has a
bar/restaurant with a non smoking area.

Further info on Lothian:

The "Edinburgh for Under Fives" book is a good source of info on smoke-free establishments (licenced and otherwise).
However, this book is exceptionally difficult to get, which clearly undermines the value of publication somewhat.


Ayr: Chestnuts Hotel. Tel: 01292- 264393

Glasgow: Boswell Hotel, 27, Mansionhouse Rd, Langside
Tel: 0141 636 4471

The Counting House, recently opened in an grand old Bank of Scotland building on the corner of George Square and St Vincent Place, has a number of sizeable, well-labelled non-smoking areas. It also has clear signs saying "No smoking at the bar". It is a free house, part of the Wetherspoon chain.
2 St.Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DH
Tel: 0141 248 9568

Glasgow: The Clockwork Beer Co. Tel 0141-649 0184
1153/55 Cathcart Road, Glasgow G42 9HB
Fax - 0141-649-0643
Free house brew pub managed by Robin and Gay Graham formerly of the Boswell Hotel.The Pub has a large family area which is non smoking and serves food all day. Extensive range of real ale, guest beers, ciders and imports.

Also part of the Wetherspoons chain, the James Stirling Maxwell pub has opened in Shawlands arcade in Glasgow and has a no smoking area. Phone?

Also The Hogshead at the junction of Woodlands Road and Eldon Street. Follow Woodlands Road north from Charing Cross; it's right in front of you when you get to the mini-roundabout. Grid reference NS575667 as far as I can make out. Phone?

Kilmarnock: Hunting Lodge, Tel: 01563- 22920
Paisley (Glasgow Airport): Tap and Spile, Tel: 0141- 848 4869


Broughty Ferry: Old Anchor Inn, Tel 01382- 737899 (no-smoking area is only at lunchtimes)
Dundee: Speedwell Bar, Tel: 01382- 67783
Kinesswood: Lomond Country Inn, Tel: 01592- 84253
Kinross: Kirklands Hotel, Tel: 01577- 863313
Montrose: George Hotel, Tel: 01674- 675050

Non-smokers' organisations

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health)
8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HB
Tel: 0131- 225 4725

ASH's London office is at
102 Clifton Street,
Tel +44 (0)20 7739 5902
Fax +44 (0)20 7613 0531

ANSR (Association for Non-Smokers' Rights)

ANSR (Association for Non-Smokers' Rights)
Melgund Centre, Melgund Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 4BU
Tel: 0131 557 3139 Fax: 0131 557 5055

Pub chains/groups with no-smoking policies


All their pubs have no-smoking areas. This change was supported
by 61% of the smoking customers and over 70% of the non-smoking
customers. Contact: 01923 477 777

Wetherspoons also have pubs in other parts of England and Scotland. They have about 30 pubs in Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh See
You can search for their pubs there by map, placename or postcode. They also have a special search for pubs that allow children.

Wetherspoons are a huge success, the fastest growing company in the UK and the 9th fastest in Europe, and given the substantial financial success they are having, it is rather a suprise that t heir policy of good cheap beer, good food, no jukeboxes and of course a smoke free area hasn't caught on at all amongst the other dinosaurs of the brewing industry. Maybe the other chains should be renamed cancer centres or public pollution places? Publicans wondering what effect a smoke free area would have on their business should read this report:
"95% of proprietors surveyed would recommend no-smoking policies to similar businesses."
"Trade was seen to increase or not change in 90% of bars, pubs and restaurants and the majority of respondents were very happy with the business impact."

Youngs (London)

Has had no-smoking areas in its city centre pubs for many years. Contact:
Young & Co.'s Brewery plc,
The Ram Brewery,
London SW18 4JD
Tel: 020 8875 7000
Fax: 020 8875 7100

Other information


The Consumers' Association reported in January 1988 that no-smoking areas was the most wanted change in Scottish pubs. A separate survey pointed out it was also the most wanted change in English and Welsh pubs.

NOP found in July 1987 that non-smokers would visit pubs more often if pubs provided smoke free areas.


Edinburgh District Council announced in August 1993 that it was going to be the first council in the UK to prosecute pubs which were too smoky (they have at their disposal both the Health and Safety at Work Act and the common law Duty of Care).

The new Scottish parliament,, seems to be taking more of an interest in tackling the problem of smoking in public places than Westminster ever did. After all, the proportion of Scots who smoke is about 1/3 more than for England (33% vs 25%), however this didn't stop Westminster ignoring the issue and talking out bills. In Scotland though, Hugh Henry Grant MSP sits on the parliament's Health Committee as well as the subcommittee on tobacco and announced Summer 99 that he wanted to see legislation to restrict smoking in public places. We look forward to something being done (for a change). Stewart Maxwell MSP has also recently introduced a bill to ban smoking where food is served. The Scottish Executive also seems very keen on a ban after having a public consultation on the matter and receiving far more correspondence on this than any other consultation to date.

More info on legislation to introduce a ban on smoking in public places in Scotland here:

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