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Pub celebrates birthday – giving gifts to customers

An award-winning pub and restaurant has celebrated its 10th birthday … by giving away presents to customers.

The Corbie Inn at Corbiehall in Bo’ness awarded ten, £50 vouchers in a free draw, run via Facebook.

The lucky winners were picked out of a hat by the new Bo’ness Fair Queen Ellie Van Der Hoek tonight (Thursday, October 28), assisted by her brother Koen.

The winners were: Jaknjok Brown, Rebecca Brown, Cathie Burton, Lyn Clarkson, Glenis Dryburgh, Graham Healer, Lesleyanne Laura Hutchens, Ailsa Miller, Stacey Christie Roberts and Hazel Templeton.

The pub is run by Gail and Giles Fairholm and family – backed by an enthusiastic staff team.

Gail said: “As we reached our 10th birthday, we wanted to thank our lovely customers for their amazing support.

“Each of the ten winners gets £50 to spend on food and drinks in the pub. I hope they enjoy their prizes. I also want to thank Queen Ellie for helping us make the draw.”

Queen Ellie with brother Koen – making the draw.

The Corbie Inn was officially opened on 28 October, 2011, with a simple mission: to offer real ales and good food in a safe, child and family-friendly environment. The pub also wanted to be at the heart of the community, supporting local fundraising and charity activities.

Over the years it has notched up several accolades from the Best Bar None awards and groups such as CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

Gail said: “Initially, the Corbie was just one lounge bar, located in a building that’s over 100 years old. We’ve grown substantially since then. We added a beer garden in 2013. And then a restaurant area, and second bar, opened in 2015.

“Throughout our time here we’ve wanted to help the wider community – and have done sponsorships and hosted fundraising events to support people in the Bo’ness area. We’ve also hosted community and social events, which have been well received.”

The Covid pandemic, in 2020, saw the pub temporarily close its doors to sit-in customers.

However, the Corbie continued to trade – launching a new “Corbie Out” service, delivering drinks and food to residents in the local area. After customers were welcomed back on site, the delivery service continued to be on offer.

The year 2020 also saw the pub install a wood-fired pizza oven to expand its food offering.

Last summer, the venue, supported by the charity Sustrans, installed bike racks – to make the site more appealing to cyclists exploring the John Muir Way and the national cycle route. The path runs right at the back of the pub.

Gail said: “It’s been quite a journey for everyone here. But we’ve had the support of some brilliant people and great customers. We want to thank them all.

“Here’s to the next 10 years!”

Madelene Hunt, the chair of Bo’ness Community Council, wished the Corbie Inn well on its 10th anniversary. “The Corbie Inn has attracted people into the centre of Bo’ness and provided a warm welcome for locals and visitors alike. The business’s support for local charities has been particularly impressive and it provides a template for others to follow.”

To find out more about the Corbie Inn, visit the website at www.corbieinn.co.uk or visit the pub’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/corbie.inn.boness

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