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The Blochairn Tavern. (The Budgie)

Blochairn Road, Glasgow. G21 2RL.Tel: 01415524505.

Exterior view of the Blochairn Tavern 1991

Blochairn Tavern. 1991.

This is an old pub dating back to 1880, landlord John Ruddock occupied these premises for over thirty years, when he died his wife took over the running of the pub. This pub has always been known as the Blochairn Tavern, however a newer name has been fluttering over this old pub for some time now the "Budgie."

When Mr Ruddock took over the Blochairn Tavern he was trading as a Grocer & Wine & Spirit Merchant, also having premises in Newton, trading as a grocer & provision merchant and ran the local Post Office from the premises. John went on to own a pub on Paisley Road the "Burn Tavern."

Exterior Blochairn Tavern 2005

Blochairn Tavern. 2005.


In the NEWS 1978...

Blochairn Tavern 1978

Dawn Pub Runs Into Row...

The first-ever Scots pub to cater for dawn patrol drinkers, the Blochairn Bar in Glasgow's fruit and fish market, has been given the thumbs down by some market foremen.

The Blochairn Tavern known to the workers at the market as the "Budgie," was granted a drinks licence from 8 a.m. till 11 p.m. at Glasgow Licensing Court yesterday.

But today fruit market foreman porter Sam Gardner said he did not agree with breakfast drinking.

Sam (56), of 44 Morano Street, Maryhill, said, "It will mean drinking will start earlier. "Men will go to the pub and not come back to work. It is hard enough to get them to work at the moment. Licensing hours are long enough."

Robert Connor (38), a forklift driver, said, "I am all for it. If you want a drink just now early on you can go to the cash and carry. "Having a pint in the pub will be much more civilised. "I say good luck to publican Willie Smith."

Flower salesman George Ford said the licensing extension would bring the Glasgow market into line with its English counterparts. "Other than that it won't affect this market very much, people are too set in their ways. I don't think the bosses will be too pleased though."

A total of seven all-day licenses were granted by Glasgow Licensing Court at Govan Town Hall today. There were 14 applications in front of the board, who were sitting for the second successive day.



Willie Smith at Blochairn Bar 1978

Glasgow publican Willie Smith (second right) has achieved a notable double. The first was the opening of his new bar in Blochairn Road, next to the city's fish and fruit market.

With him at the opening ceremony are Bill Devlin, Ind Coope's free trade director, who made the official opening, and Ind Coope's area sales manager Alec Jackson.

Second part of Willie's double was the presentation of him of a life membership of the Scottish Junior Football Association to mark his more than 20 yearsw' work to the game. He is president of St. Roch's F.C.


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