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Inn on the Green, 25 Greenhead Street, Glasgow Green
Another success story at the famous Glasgow Green, a hotel with a very nice restaurant....the Inn on  the Green

The Inn on the Green is situated in Greenhead St just south of the Templeton Building
Established in 1984, The inn on the green started life as a cosy restaurant.


Inn on the Green, 25 Greenhead Street, Glasgow Green
The original building dates back to the 1850's when it was used as basic accommodation for Seamen.
Then in 1859 brothers Robert and James Dick bought McPhail's Mill in 1859 and renovated and renamed it the Greenhead Works.  In order that the factory would not look out of place in a residential area alongside the green, the blocks facing onto Greenhead street were designed to look like domestic tenements.
The building and surrounding streets ( Arcadia St./ McPhail St ) were owned by the factory R & G Dick Ltd a massive employer at the time, making transmission belts and pulleys.
    Robert dick came up with the idea of creating belts for driving machinery from balata, a similar gum to gutta percha but grown in South America. When mixed with fibre these belts proved cheaper and more efficient than the traditional leather belts. The world famous 'Dickbelt' made the brothers very wealthy. 
  Unfortunatley the success of the Dickbelt severlely damaged the lucrative leather industry for several Bridgeton firms.
          With the demise of engineering, the factory closed and the building was taken over by McPhail Street Properties Ltd in 1964 and the building was converted into self contained workshops. 
          Downstairs the
Inn on the green
restaurant opened twenty years later in 1984. The workshops above the restaurant closed in 1998 paving the way for the present day 3 storey building hotel which opened in March 1999.

( Jan.2003, I’d like to thank Phil Hibberd, Managing Director, The inn on the Green for supplying this information, interestingly Phil’s father was a former employee of R & G Dick and the founder and owner of McPhail St Properties Ltd. )
Sadly now the building is derelict.


The hotel has been created in a listed "B" building and has 18
individually styled bedrooms on 3 floors,served by a modern lift.
Guests can enjoy a drink in our foyer bar before going down into the basement restaurant to enjoy a meal and nightly live jazz.
A full Scottish cooked breakfast is included in the room price.

Located on the edge of Glasgow Green, the hotel is situated on the east side of Glasgow just five minutes by car from the city centre. The city's attractive shopping precincts, uniquely styled pubs and top quality fashionable restaurants are easily and quickly reached by local bus and train services, both just a short walk from the hotel.

Established in 1984, THE INN ON THE GREEN started life as a cosy restaurant and has long been a favourite watering hole of those who enjoy a taste of the good life. The restaurant has a well earned reputation for fine cuisine which is served in a unique art gallery setting. Open at lunch-time and candlelit each evening, you may dine to the strains of the very best jazz piano and vocal accompaniment. It is fully accredited member of the "Taste of Scotland".


See their website at   HOTEL NOW CLOSED

Inn on the Green has closed
12 April 2006

Glasgow’s Inn On The Green restaurant is to be replaced as developers plan to create a 75-room hotel, 88 flats and another restaurant on the site of the former upmarket eatery.

The Inn On The Green, which included an 18-bedroom hotel and restaurant, closed at the end of last year and the building was taken over by developers Campsie Glasgow Green Ltd.

It will now be demolished to make way for the new properties, although the B-listed stone facade will be retained with a steel and concrete building erected behind it. The proposals for Greenhead St and McPhail St near Bridgeton include a new groundfloor bar and restaurant. Warehouses on the site behind the restaurant will be converted into residential properties and loft apartments.

Councillors granted planning permission for
demolition and the new development, despite 12 objections over parking, noise pollution, loss of view and reduced TV signals.

In a report to councillors, developers Campsie Glasgow Green said: "In terms of the economic sustainability of the hotel, the previous owners struggled for many years to maintain the business in profit. Ultimately their efforts failed despite its established reputation".


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