The Grapes an Overview
Built in 1862 as a coaching inn the Grapes in Stranraer has still some of the original features aswhen it opened. It still has the former stabels at the rear and the court yard is now an attractive beer garden and sun trap.
The main bar is well stocked with guest real ales and over 60 types of whisky. Another original feature is also situated inthe main bar there is on the column directly in front of the bar a working bell box which was used to order service from other parts of the pub. The bar has a traditional pub feel and has a gantry atleast 100 years old, the owners Billy and Sally make everyone feel welcome along with a very comfortable and relaxing sofa.
From the main bar is a small passage way giving the impression of going back in time to the late 1800's. Off the passage wayis the back lounge where the photographs of bands that have played in the Grapes appear all over the walls. A great place to have a pint of real ale or your favourite tipple while talking withfriends. Both the main bar and sitting room have substantial flat screen televisions.
Through a further door from this room and up a large and grand stairway are two rooms one an elegant large sitting area that used to be a cocktail bar said to be the first in Stranraer but is nowthe ladies wash room and toilet. Across from this is the upstairs lounge wich has been opened up into a further room to the right and a small stage added for the guest bands to play from. The room has a 1930's art deco bar and gantry that came from a hotel in Ayr around the 1950's and an art deco jukebox has also beenadded. This makes for a great function room wich can be hired out.
The Grapes in Stranraer is featured in Scotlands True Heritage Pubs a publication can be found at the following link Scotlands True Heritage Pubs The article can be found on page 32. In the article is a photograph of theupstairs lounge before the alterations and stage was added.