penny dogs

Fantastic entertainment in the Hoose this weekend, Friday during the Karaoke there is a chance to win big during the Play Your Cards Right, £1000 up for grabs. On the Saturday we have the Brilliant Penny Dogs..

penny dogs

The Sunday afternoon the return of the incredible Switched on Swing Big Band at 2pm. All for free in Hamishes’ Hoose. cheers

switched on swing


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Doors Open Day Paisley 2014.

The Annual Doors Open Day Paisley (Saturday 6th September) is nearly upon us and it makes for a fantastic day out with the family, when you can access buildings and places you would never normally be able to see inside.

Doors Open Day in Paisley 2014 will be popular with both amateur and pro photographers out there too, with access to the roof of Paisley Abbey (weather permitting) and hopefully this year there is also access to the roof of Thomas Coats Memorial church.

Below is a concise list of places and times of the buildings which will be open in town.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Paisley Anchor Mill          06.09.14 (10.00-18.00)

7 Thread Street, Paisley,  PA1 1JR


The Anchor Mill stands as a proud reminder of Paisley’s great industrial heritage.  Located at the Hammills on the White Cart River, this landmark Grade ‘A’ listed Domestic Finishing Mill was built in 1886 and is one of the few remaining buildings of the Anchor Mill complex.  At the centre of the building is the elegant, 4 storied, sun-lit Atrium.  This year in the Atrium, The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days and continue through until the 22nd September.  The tapestry depicts the determination, courage and influence of Scots as they journeyed across the world throughout the centuries.


Architect: Woodhouse & Morley

Building Date: 1886


The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Exhibition ‘The Scots Abroad’ will open to the public on Doors Open Days

Children’s Passport Scheme


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery)         06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Former Martyrs Parish Church, 40 Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2NP


Paisley – Bield Activity Centre (Within Woodside Cemetery) – the church was named in honour of two men who were hung at Paisley Cross in 1685 for refusing to renounce the Covenant and acknowledge the King’s supremacy. The building is now the headquarters of the 7th Paisley (JNI) Scout Group.

Building Date: 1835


Paisley – Brediland Allotment Association   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

3 Cardell Drive, Foxbar,  PA2 9AE


The Brediland Allotments were established in 1916, local knowledge states it was gifted by a generous farmer.

There are over 50 plots and 8 pigeon fanciers and Brediland Allotments  hold something for all ages in the community from under 5’s to older adults..

There has been a massive revival of interest in people wanting to grow their own fruit and vegetables in

recent years. As a result, Renfrewshire is starting to see the development of a number of innovative community led projects to allow people to start growing their own fresh produce.


Limited access for disabled.

Children’s Passport Scheme.


Paisley – Grand Fountain ( Grand Re-Opening ) 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Fountain Gardens, Paisley

grand fountain gardens

Paisley – Grand Fountain – Doors Open Days sees the new restoration and interpretation project completed and today marks the special occasion of the fountain being switched back on.  Come enjoy our Victorian Garden Party and find out about the restoration of this A-Listed, cast iron fountain made by the Sun Foundry, Glasgow in the 1860s.  Adorned with cherubs, dolphins and walruses, it really is one of a kind.

Architect: Sun Foundry, Glasgow

Building Date: 1868


There will be an exhibition on the history of the fountain and gardens,

A Victorian style Garden Party to celebrate the switching on will also take place.

Children’s Passport.


Paisley – Hamishes’ Hoose   06.09.14 (12.30-20.00) – 07.09.14 (12:30-20.00)

45 High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2AH


This venue will host live music.  Simply show your Doors Open Day Booklet to get a free desert with any main meal purchased from the menu. (One desert per booklet).


Paisley – Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Place, Moss Street, Paisley,  PA1 1BG


The only Scottish Episcopal Church remaining in Paisley.  The congregation began in 1817 and merged with St Barnabas Church in 2004.  It is the oldest Episcopal Church Building in the Diocese of Glasgow & Galloway.

Building Date: 1833


Paisley – John Neilson Institute (formerly John Neilson Institution)   06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley,  PA1 2DE


This astonishing addition to Paisley’s skyline is a fabulous distortion of antique classical forms, known to locals as the “Porridge Bowl”. Originally a school bequeathed to the town by a local grocer, it has was converted into flats in 1993 and won a prestigious Saltire Award for its conversion.

Architect: Charles Wilson

Building Date: 1852


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre   06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

11 Christie Street, Paisley,  PA1 1NB


Paisley – Lagoon Leisure Centre – A recently refurbished facility providing first class facilities for the people of Renfrewshire in the form of a 6 court sports hall, modern fitness suite and dance studios, a new arena for events, new foyer and cafe together with a free form swimming and teaching pool.  This facility also hosts one of the newest Spa’s in the area.


Paisley – Langs Tannery   06.09.14 (9.00-11.00)

1 Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1JL


The original building dates to around 1830 but the site has been modernised over the years to provide a modern tanning operation to convert raw cattle hides into tanned leather suitable for upholstery and shoe leather manufacturers world wide.  The cattle hides are a by-product of the meat industry and Langs Tannery takes this product, adds value and produces a desirable product much in demand.  Please note non-slip footwear required to take this tour.

Building Date: 1830


Paisley – New Jerusalem Church 06.09.14 (10:00-15:30)

17 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2LB


this is a good example of an early Scottish Methodist chapel. The church was purchased by the Swedenborgian Church in 1860 for £600 and was formally opened and dedicated on 15th September 1861. In 1868 the interior was remodelled and new pews, a pulpit and stained glass windows were instated. The stained glass cost £103 and was designed by the artist Sir Noel Paton RSA, whose parents belonged to the congregation.

Building Date: 1810 and 1868


Paisley – Oakshaw Trinity Church  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley,  PA1 2DD


The church’s steeple is one of the most pronounced on Paisley’s skyline. The Hill organ has been newly restored.  Contains a stunning plaster ceiling together with seven notable stained glass windows: two by Oscar Paterson c. 1918; two by Alec Walker c. 1909 and 1921; and one each by Gordon Webster, 1951; Sadie McLellan, 1973; and John Clark, 1996.

Architect: John White, 1754 & 1767-70; Rennison & Scott, 1877

Building Date: 1750-56, steeple 1770


Paisley – Paisley Abbey & the Place of Paisley  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Abbey Close, Paisley,  PA1 1JG

Paisley Abbey interior

Paisley Abbey, the crowning glory of Renfrewshire’s architectural heritage, is over 850 years old, it was founded as a Cluniac monastery in 1163 by Walter Fitzalan, the High Steward of Scotland, an ancestor of the Royal House of Stewart and a distant relation of our future king, the Duke of Cambridge. Built on the site of a Celtic church established by St. Mirin in the 6th century, Paisley Abbey has been razed and rebuilt several times since then.

Its 25 stained glass windows, designed by 15 different artists, are exquisite   Paisley Abbey is also home to some of the most unique gargoyles, from the traditional to the something a little different see if you can spot the alien.  The cafe will also be open for business as will the tower and upper floors of the Place of Paisley.

Architect: Restoration by Rowand Anderson, Robert Lorimer

Building Date: 1163 with many additions throughout the centuries.


Paisley – Paisley Ambulance Station 06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

15 Craw Road, Paisley,  PA2 6AD


A purpose built Ambulance Station which became operational in 1996 to replace the temporary Ambulance Station.

A selection of Ambulance vehicles will also be on display, along with some short heartstart sessions.

Display of Ambulance vehicles and short heartstart sessions.


Paisley – Paisley Arts Centre  06.09.14 (09.45-16.45)

New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EZ


Built by the Town Council as Paisley’s first post-reformation church, the Arts Centre was a place of worship for nearly 250 years until it was converted to its present purpose in 1987.

This intimate and friendly venue provides an all year-round programme of drama, music, film, comedy and dance, it frequently hosts Scottish & world premiers.

Architect: James Baird & John Hart

Building Date: 1736-38

The Centre will be running drop-in arts session (11.00-15.00).


Paisley – Paisley Central Library 06.09.14 (09.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Reference library by John Honeyman, 1868-71. Lending and Children’s Libraries: Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1904, with extension by Keppie and Henderson, 1933.

An A-Listed building which opened in 1871 and was funded by a donation from Peter Coats.  In 1904 an extension was built by Honeyman, Keppie and MacKintosh.  MacKintosh’s influence can be seen in the use of recessed squares, in bookcase friezes and glazed screens, in the doors with oval glass panels, and in the roof trusses.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie, Macintosh & Henderson

Building Date: 1868, 1904, 1933

The library holds amazing archives of maps, photographs and drawings and additional exhibitions and competitions will run on the day.


Paisley – Paisley Community Fire Station 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Canal Street, Paisley,  PA1 2HQ


The current fire station in Canal Street replaced the old station in Johnston Street in 1972.  The station has two fire appliances, it is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  It has five groups of eleven personnel that attend various incidents like fires, car crashes, incidents involving chemicals, animal and water rescue incidents.


Paisley – Paisley Martyr’s Sandyford 06.09.14 (10.00-13.00)

Broomlands Street, Paisley,  PA1 2PP


The union of the Martyrs and Sandyford Churches was formalised in November 2009 and a presence is maintained at both Broomlands Street and Montgomery Road, with the Broomlands church being the one open on Doors Open Day.

Architect: Changes by T G Abercrombie, 1904-05

Building Date: 1835

Organ music will be played throughout the day.


Paisley – Paisley Methodists Central Hall 06.09.14 (11.00-16.00)

7 Gauze Street, Paisley,  PA1 1EP


Paisley Methodists Central Hall was built in 1908.  New to Doors Open Days this beautiful building of note will hold an exhibition of Methodism past and present there will also be guided tours on request and children’s activities including a quiz and a story trail around the Church.

Building Date: 1908


Paisley – Paisley Museum & Art Galleries and Coats Observatory  06.09.14 (11.00-16.00) – 07.09.14 (14.00-17.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


The museum houses a wealth of treasures, from ancient Egyptian artefacts to reminders of our industrial past and natural history.  The pillar gallery has recently been refurbished with original Victorian architecture and double barrelled vaulted ceiling fully restored.

Observatory: A solar telescope, Alexander Stoddart’s bust of Newton and painted glass windows depicting famous astronomers can all be found in the observatory.

Open on Sunday 14.00-17.00 for the collection of prizes only.

Architect: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh; T G Abercrombie

Building Date: 1868-81, 1902, 1915. Observatory 1883


Paisley – Paisley Sheriff Court & Justice of the Peace Court  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

St James Street, Paisley,  PA3 2HW


The present Sheriff and Justice of the Peace courts originally consisted of the court House and the offices of Renfrew County Council.  The extended building now housing the Procurator Fiscals office was re-opened in 1997 and 2011.

Architect: Clarke & Bell, 1885-90. Baxter, Clark & Paul, 1997

Building Date: 1885-90

Don’t miss the guided tour of the Courts and cells.


Paisley – Paisley Stowbrae Kirk  06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

82 Causeyside Street, Paisley,  PA1 1YP


One of the newest buildings to this year’s Doors Open Days.  Stowbrae Kirk will be holding an exhibition of communion plates relating to the 4 churches in it’s history exhibition


Paisley – Paisley Threadmill Museum  06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Mile End Mill, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley,  PA1 1JS

Thread Mill Museum

More than 10,000 people used to wind and bind thread for J & P Coats in this imposing A-listed building. Six tall floors high in red brick, 18 bays long, with stair towers topped with landmark copper roofed lanterns. The building now functions as a business centre and an area of the ground floor has been provided rent free for the development of a museum devoted to the thread industry of Paisley, run by volunteers.

Architect: W J Morley of Bradford for J & P Coats

Building Date: 1899

The ground floor’s museum showcases an archive of photographs that offers a glimpse into the life of a mill worker.


Paisley – Ralston Community Sports Centre 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (9.00-15.30)

Penilee Road, Paisley,  PA1 3AX


Built around 1930 this is a world class example of Art Deco architecture in the style of the world famous Thomas Tait.  In the last few years it has been refurbished into a community sports centre incorporating a dance studio, state of the art gym and synthetic football pitches.  It’s balconies and downstairs reception foyer make it an ideal function space.

Building Date: Around 1930


Paisley – Renfrewshire House  06.09.14 (10.00-14.00)

Renfrewshire Council HQ, Cotton Street , Paisley,  PA1 1AN


Renfrewshire House is Renfrewshire Council’s Headquarters building which, in addition to its refurbished open plan offices, features a new Customer Services Centre, Marriage Suite and Council Chamber. Its focal point is the new Chamber which is suspended over the public service desks and is elliptical to embody the principles of equality and inclusive debate in local democracy.

Building Date: 1985

Customer Services and Council Chambers open.


Paisley – Sir James Clark Building – Studio 14 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

Abbey Mill Business Centre, Seedhill, Paisley,  PA1 1TJ


Built in 1923 this B listed building was part of the former Anchor Mill Complex and is now used for offices and workshops.  All are welcome to come along and meet artist Caroline Watson, who will open her studio for the day to present an exhibition of drawings and mixed media artworks.  The work reflects an interest in landscape and objects of nature as experienced in a social and cultural context.  Also involved in local cultural activities, the artist is part of Weaving Musical Threads and an active member of the Creative Renfrewshire Network

Building Date: 1923

Exhibition of Drawings & Mixed Media Artworks



Paisley – Sma’ Shot Cottage   06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley,  PA1 2HG


Sma’ Shot Cottages comprise an 18th Century weavers cottage and loom shop showing living and working conditions of a weavers family in the 1750s and a small row of mill owners cottages from the 19th Century.  The cottages contain many fascinating artefacts and are linked by a 19th Century heritage garden.

Building Date: 1700s-1800s

The Victorian interiors tell the story of Paisley’s 19th century development.


Paisley – St James’s Church of Scotland 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Underwood Road, Paisley,  PA3 1TL


This Gothic revival church of considerable architectural merit has a steeple which reaches for the sky.  It’s one of a limited number of churches in Scotland with eight or more bells.  Certainly, the accomplished treatment of the cruciform plain interior design helped Blanc to win the commission for the Coats Memorial Church. The congregation has very strong musical interests including a quoir, handbell team & orchestra.  Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, with a chance to try handbells at 10.30 & 11.30,  choir activities 11.00 & 12.00, Organ & Piano demonstrations 14.00 & 15.00 and the Bell Tower is opening especially for Doors Open Days between 13.00 – 15.00.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1880, 1904


Paisley – St Mary’s RC Church 06.09.14 (10.00 -13.00)

163 George Street, Paisley,  PA1 2UN


The picturesque coloured glass is newer than the church, and was a replacement for the original glass which was shattered by a bomb blast during World War II.  See the boy with the football and the lady with the Vacuum cleaner in this beautiful feature. Architect: Pugin. Building Date: 1891Post war stained glass above the choir and in the apse. Church completely restored, including Watt organ.


Paisley – St Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene 06.09.14 (10.00-16.00)

Gordon Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XL


St Matthew’s was built in 1905-1907 in a mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles by Paisley architect W D McLennan, who was a member of the congregation.  The church is regarded by many as Scotland’s most significant Art Nouveau Church.  McLennan originally intended the design to include a massive spire but it was decided late in 1907 to abandon this costly embellishment.

Architect: William D McLennan

Building Date: 1905-1907


Paisley – St Mirin’s RC Cathedral  06.09.14 (15.15-17.15)

Incle St, Paisley,  PA1 1HR


Built in 1932 to replace the 1808 church in East Buchanan Street, St Mirins’ dedicated to the Patron Saint of Paisley, became a cathedral for the newly formed Diocese of Paisley in 1948.  It continues to serve as a parish church with recent renovations taking place in 2012.

Architect: Thomas Baird

Building Date: 1930-32


Paisley – St Mirren Football Club 07.09.14 (12.00-15.00)

75 Greenhill Road, Paisley,  PA3 1RU


First established in 1877 and although they moved to a purpose built stadium 4 years ago, the history of the club is proudly displayed within the club for all to see.  For Doors Open Day you will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, why not walk out the tunnel, see the dressing rooms, board rooms, referee room and even the TV interview room with a special competition for children with a chance to win tickets for the Inverness Caledonian Thistle Scottish Premiership home game on Saturday 18th October 2014.

Building Date: 2008


Paisley – Tannahill’s Cottage  06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

11 Queen Street, Paisley,  PA1 2TT


The cottage was built by the father of Robert Tannahill, the “Weaver Poet” and compatriot of Robert Burns, who lived there for most of his life (1774-1810). Now home to the Paisley Burns Club, one of the oldest in the world, it reopened after a fire in 2003

Architect: James Tannahill

Building Date: 1775

View a display of Burns and Tannahill memorabilia.


Paisley – The Bull Inn 06.09.14 – 07.09.14 (12.30-17.30)

7 New Street, Paisley,  PA1 1XU


Rare Art Nouveau pub with dark joinery, stained glass, cosy snugs around beautiful top lit rear lobby. A ten flat tenement towers above like an Arthur Rackham fantasy.

Those presenting their Doors Open Day brochure on the Saturday will get 15% off of their  food bill.  No food served on a Sunday.

Architect: William D. McLennan

Building Date: 1900-01


Paisley – The Wynd Centre 06.09.14 (11.00-15.00)

6 School Wynd, Paisley,  PA1 2DB


The Wynd Centre opened its doors on 30 Sept. 1984 and is the outreach arm of Oakshaw Trinity Church. When the former St John’s Church became available the centre expanded and the Architect Archie Richmond of Richmond Architects, Dumbarton, Glasgow designed the building as it stands now and it was opened by HRH Princess Anne in 2001. It has a 200 Seater Auditorium, Counselling rooms, varying sizes of rooms and halls.  Come along and see for yourself.  The Wynd Centre 30th Anniversary service on Sunday 7 September, Oakshaw Trinity Church 2.00pm. All welcome.

Architect: Archie Richmond

Building Date: 1984 & 2001


Paisley – Thomas Coats Memorial Church & Paisley Photographic Society 06.09.14 (12.00-16.00)

High Street, Paisley,  PA1 2BA


Built by the Coats family in memory of Thomas Coats, the building is the epitome of Victorian neo-gothic splendour.  One of, if not the most opulent Baptist centres in Britain, the church’s eight arched crown spire is a principal feature of Paisley’s skyline.  The interior abounds with highly carved oak, marble and alabaster.  You will be able to take in the artful surrounds to the sound of organ music.  The Paisley Photographic Society will also be exhibiting their members’ photography.

Architect: Hippolyte Jean Blanc

Building Date: 1894


Paisley – Wallneuk North Church  06.09.14 (10.30-12.30)

Abercorn Street, Paisley,  PA3 4AB


Hailed as the triumph of stylish Paisley architect, this Perpendicular Gothic creation is one of the most powerful compositions to be found in the town.  The Church is built of red stone from Locharbriggs quarry, Dumfriesshire, the inside is mainly Austrian oak.  Various animals and symbols are carved in the wood and stone.

Architect: Thomas Graham Abercrombie

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Scottish Cup comes to Hamishes.

Tonight, the Scottish Cup comes to Hamishes as part of a Carling Promotion, photographs will be taken by our in house team and yours to take away. Football teams welcome.

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Tomorrow: Shoot the Craw a powerhouse female vocal led band that will blow your cobwebs away. Brilliant stuff.

20th Feb Psychic Evening, Individual readings must be booked before hand a £1 will reserve your place, pop in and get the bar staff to add you to the list, evening followed by our famous Karaoke.

1st March Penny Dogs, a fabulous Duo covering all types of music with an incredible guitarist and a smooth Saxophone player, a sort of live request show, dancing is encouraged.

3rd May Republic of Soul Hamishes favourite sons return for the first of their summer gigs. A brilliand sound which covers rock, soul, punk and funk.

5th July Sma Shot day. The Underground Jam make another welcome appearance in the Hoose in aid of local charity Loud n Proud, last year the place was packed with admittance only if someone left, but no one did.

30th August Republic of Soul again


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The Best Pubs in Paisley.

We recently asked our members on our Facebook Group what were their top 3 pubs in Paisley and we have compiled a list of those pubs below. Should you have a suggestion then please add it to our comments at the foot of the page, if you do not use Facebook then you can also send in your suggestion using our contact page.

There have been many changes over the last decade or so in Paisley, pubs have changed hands, closed down or moved away. Thankfully we still have a pretty decent pub and entertainment scene in town and most within walking distance of each other. It is a difficult financial climate for landlords to operate in and Scotland’s smoking ban, which has been in force since 2006, has meant that establishments have had to adapt to the challenges of bringing in new customers whilst keeping regular customers happy. (links below are not the responsibility of

In no particular order the best pubs in Paisley are..

      1. Paddy Malarky’s
      2. The Bull Inn
      3. The Tea Gardens Tavern
      4. The Wee Howff
      5. The Old Swan
      6. Hamishes’ Hoose
      7. Canal Station
      8. The Bungalow
      9. The Bankhouse
      10. Lord Loundsdale
      11. The Club Bar
      12. The Tile Bar
      13. Gabriels
      14. The Anchor Bar
      15. Wig n Pen
      16. Craig Dhu
      17. The Argyll Bar
      18. The Alamo
      19. The Abbey Bar
      20. Kilty Kilty
      21. Kennedys
      22. Cafe Borgia


One name that comes up whenever we discuss pubs in Paisley is Carnegie’s (old Tudor Arms). This popular pub and nightspot has lain empty for many years yet people still talk about it, which got me thinking. Is there such a place existing now that we may be talking about in years to come?

“The best pubs in Paisley” list will be helpful when you come to visit one of the 15 best places to visit in Paisley, or kill two birds with one stone and visit one of the pubs that feature in our 15 best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the pubs in Paisley but I do hope that it gets you thinking about what we still have in town.  We would encourage you to pop in and have a drink, something to eat and of course relax and enjoy yourself.

I would like to say thanks to all our contributors below..

Wilma Hendrie Steele, Allan Lindsay, Doug Hepburn, Angie Heaney, Allan Lindsay, Christina Pieraccini, Ronnie Townsend, Marie Connelly, Mark Anderson, George Cumming, Allan McClure, Willie Roberton, Jean-Marie Stewart, Brian Fraser, Frederic Charre, Barbara Happy Gilmour, Amanda Lewis, Martin Eaglesham, Graeme McIntyre, Kevin Doyle, Kirstie Porteous, Lynsey Moore, Lynne Morrow, Andy Campbell, Paul Halbert, Walter Hawthornthwaite, Mags MacGee, David Mitchell, Scott Manson, Duncan Deans, Lesley King, Billy Curr, Craig Sinclair, Kirsty McDonald and Allan Moore.

Paisley Pub Guide Photos from 2005:

I used to run the Paisley Pub Guide many years ago and took loads of photos for the website, unfortunately I do not have the high resolution images but you may still be able to see some changes and pubs that are no longer in the town.

Please note this was 2005 and not recent photographs.

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15 Best places to eat and drink in Paisley.

Following on from our 15 Best places to visit in Paisley we asked the community on our Facebook group where they thought were the best places to eat, drink and be merry. As usual the community did not disappoint and helped give suggestions of various places, which should help when you are either popping into the town for some shopping, going to relax with a coffee, or have a bite to eat with a little aperitif before a night out on the town…

  1. Cardosi’s – This is a fantastic restaurant with a long standing and good name, it has an excellent menu, amazing specials and the staff are very friendly and attentive.
  2. Hamishes’ Hoose – This is a pub, live entertainment venue, restaurant and just a fine place to visit whenever you are in town for a nibble and some great fun, thoroughly recommended.
  3. dinner is servedAlan’s Chip Shop – This is quite possibly the best Fish & Chip Restaurant in Paisley, if not in Scotland (ok so we might be running away with ourselves here). Alan’s Chippie has also been in Paisley for many years, it has a take away counter as well as a seating area for a nice fish tea.
  4. Kwang Tung – One of the best Chinese take-aways and restaurants out there in our opinion and the food is always great, served by friendly staff and the menu is what you would expect from a decent restaurant.
  5. Gabriel’s – Lovely food at good prices with some friendly staff to help you make your choice, a great place to eat, drink and socialise.
  6. Kilty Kilty – A favourite for lunch for families and also a top pub and nightspot in town, well run and with some great entertainment to dance away those nights on the town.
  7. Lord Lounsdale – This is a popular place to go if you are out with the family or friends and looking to eat or drink. It has a regular crowd with a pool table, big screen TVs and a warm atmosphere, certainly popular with people looking to start quietly before hitting the town.
  8. Thai Siam – Great food and friendly staff with pre theatre deals on regularly. To some this is the best place in Paisley and never disappoints.
  9. The BBQ Shack – A newcomer on the food scene in Paisley but judging by the popularity of the place it will be here for a long time to come, portions are big and taste is huge. One word of caution, phone in before you visit to make sure they have what you are looking for as they run out fast.
  10. Multan – This place is amazing for food and it usually comes with a great service and value for money is almost guaranteed.
  11. Mirage – This is a cracking place and well known and popular.
  12. The Last Post – This former GPO in Paisley is now a huge public bar, it has no music so makes an ideal place to chat to friends over a lovely meal.
  13. Cibo – One of Paisley’s newer eateries and quickly establishing itself with people as being a taste heaven. This is right next to Paisley’s Sma Shot Cottages and is lovely for couples and families alike.
  14. Abbey Inn – Another fine bar for lunch, dinner and great refreshments afterwards with excellent staff and decent banter.
  15. Lees Diner – If it’s a decent lunch you’re after when you are out shopping in town, pop to the In-Shops inside the Paisley Centre, recommended and value for money.

Visitor added suggestions.

  1. La Rambla – The old Bungalow Bar just down from Reid Kerr College suggested by John McCarney.
  2. La Mesa – New Street Paisley suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  3. Canal Station – The Old Canal Street Station suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  4. La Dolce Vita – Up there with the best, suggested by Mairi Connelly.
  5. Bella Roma – Suggested by Angie McGregor who was surprised not to see it on the list above. Also Stewart Wilson suggested here. Just out the backdoor of Gilmour Street Train station.
  6. Jam Jar – Shuttle Street, Paisley Family favourite, fab food, friendly staff, balloons for the kids, cocktails for the grown ups, good prices, fab portions, suggested by Joanne Thompson.
  7. East End Tandoori – It’s where Chris Pattison says is the first place he goes when coming back home from Barcelona.
  8. The Grumpy Monkey – in Moss Street for a great place to eat ? Always had lovely food and coffee in there. The home baking is to die for suggested by Paul.


This is no way an exhaustive list, if you have an establishment you would recommend then please add it to the comments below and we will add it to the page over time. (For non FB users please email them in)

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to add their comments and help with this list. They are as follows..


Andy Campbell, Angie Heaney, Margaret Blair, Kevin Doyle, Stuart Duffy, Sandra Lemetti, Lyndsay Yekaterina, Mary Odonnell, Lesley King, Angela Keating, Lynsey Moore, Lynsey Allan, Alison Jane Richardson, Mags MacGee, Aileen Wilson, Joe Atkinson, Dawn Robertson, Linda Neilson, John Campbell, Judith Walker and Norma Hagan.

We’re ale backing Paisley!

A CAMPAIGN is using thousands of beer mats to promote one of Scotland’s largest towns as the place to go for a good night out.

The drink mats featuring the words ‘Paisley is…havin’ a good time’ are part of a campaign to promote a positive message about Paisley and encourage more people to visit the town centre.

And with the message ‘Paisley is… saying drink sensibly’ on the flip side, the beer mats are being distributed around the town’s pubs and clubs.

Now the businessman behind the recent re-opening of a well-known Paisley pub is backing the campaign to promote the town.

David Davidson has recently revamped Corkers Bar, in Causeyside Street and all his customers are being given the ‘Paisley is…’ beer mats with their drinks.

David said: “There’s been a lot of positive activity going on in an around Paisley recently, especially with the success of The Mod and The Spree festival that took place in the town.

“Regeneration is the buzzword and there’s a bit of impetus in Paisley now.

“I think the town’s revival is on and it’s all about keeping that impetus going. There’s a feeling of positivity and we just need to keep our foot on the gas and move forward.”

David, who also owns the La Mesa Spanish restaurant, in New Street, Paisley added: “Paisley is a town with lots of potential and quite a few good small businesses have now opened in the town.

“We’re doing our wee bit for Paisley, but re-opening Corkers is a good business opportunity as well – we wouldn’t be doing it otherwise.

“The town centre should be a mix of leisure businesses, restaurants, shops and also people living in the town centre – it’s all about generating footfall.

“With more choice of quality cafes, bars and restaurants in Paisley offering good service then people will come back to the town centre.”

The Paisley Vision Board is behind the promotional beermats as part of their wider campaign to promote a more positive image of the town.

The ‘Paisley is…’ marketing initiative uses the letters ‘i’ and ‘s’ in the word Paisley to tee-up different positive messages about the town.

Its chairman, Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan said: “Using beer mats is quite a unique way to get the message across that Paisley has a lot to offer when it comes to people’s leisure time.

“There are a lot of good business people in the town centre working hard to give people choices when it comes to having a night out.”

Other local bars who have been given the beer mats as part of Paisley Vision Board’s campaign to promote the town include The Old Swan Inn, in Smithhills Street; Hamishes’ Hoose, in the High Street; The Last Post, County Square; The Bungalow Bar, Shuttle Street; The Abbey Bar, Lawn Street; Gabriel’s, Gauze Street and Paddy Malarkey’s, The Bull Inn and Cafuffals, all in New Street.

slug in a bottle market

Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose.

We have a wonderful line up of exhibitors coming to Slug in a Bottle Market at Hamishes’ Hoose, Sunday 27th October! Pammie Annie Mckay who has a fabulous collection of statement earrings and necklaces, coming in every colour and texture you can imagine, all designed and handmade by Pam, using genuine leather and hypoallergenic fixings.

Susie Rodgers Millinery shall be joining us with her winter designs of beautifully hand crafted, felted cloche hats and re-worked berets. Choots with the coolest handmade ladies accessories EVER! Jodie Pope Jewellery has a degree from Glasgow School of Art, Jodie’s love of Art Deco Design, is hugely reflected in her work.

slug in a bottle marketMoxie Vinyl produce vinyl designs and shapes which can be used on any smooth surface…upcyle your furniture or decorate your walls at home. Looking for Grasshoppers (LFG) are returning with hand crafted paper beads and hand felted accessories, do you have a special book, map, song sheet or just beautiful paper? If so, Amye, the designer/maker from LFG could turn them into something special.

Dress Your Legs Ltd shall be providing us with stylish, unique and possibly just a little bit quirky ‘fashion for our legs’. Mariszkalime is back for their second visit, with hand dyed silks, embroidered and handcrafted textiles. Cupcakes by Lou shall be supplying our sugar fix! We have ‘Art on a Glass’ – hand painted glassware from Raspberry Twirl. Candle-icious with personalised candles and ceramics.

Miss Polly body products, use the finest, natural ingredients possible, all beautifully handmade and packaged by Polly. Sandy a graphic designer, shall be tipping his toe into the ‘market world’ for the very first time this Sunday, he shall be selling his wonderful pieces of ‘Street Art’ photography and ‘Retro Vehicle’ illustrations. Lastly we have St. Vincent’s Hospice ‘Vintage’ they shall have their always super selection of vintage ladies accessories, homeware and collectables.


If thats not enough, don’t forget Hamishes’ Hoose offer a wide range of delicious food and beverages. To reserve a table call 0141 561 7105 (it is advised)

Paisley First for Business

I was at the launch of the Paisley Business Improvement District (Paisley BID) last week. Here are some of my thoughts on the BID and what it really means to Paisley.

BIDs are well established in Scotland and from the map on, local BIDs such as Clarkston and also Falkirk, Bathgate & Inverness are seen to be a success. Certainly Falkirk seems to be making all the right noises and actions from an outsider’s perspective, for instance unlike Paisley, actually has some leaflets in Glasgow Airport explaining what is on in Falkirk and where to go to eat, drink, sleep etc which is a far cry from Paisley’s external self promotion, or lack of it should I say.

The following definition is from the Paisley BID website:

What is a Business Improvement District?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led collaboration initiative which originated in Canada and is widespread throughout the UK. A “BID” is governed by legislation whereby businesses within a defined area work together and invest collectively in those priority issues they believe will benefit them, whilst contributing to the sustainable economic growth of the local economy. source..

paisley-firstNow what will the BID bring to Paisley? Well from what I can see it has already managed to get local traders and business owners in the same room and talking.  Did you know there has not been a local traders’ organisation for some years which just makes you realise why the town has had problems… In harsh economic times we need to pull together and come up with a way to turn around the decline.

So, good on the people behind the BID as they are doing something to help and at least coming up with solutions and not more problems. Yes there is a long way to go but this is certainly a start and knowing most of the businesses behind the BID I really hope it succeeds.

I have heard questions about the amount of levy that will be charged to businesses when it goes live, before that there has to be a vote consisting of one question, ‘Do you want the BID – Yes/No’.  The vote will be some time towards the end of 2014.

They have cross party political support and also the backing of lots of local businesses, including Houston Kilts, Hamishes Hoose, Ashtree House, Marks & Spencers and also the support of the two major educational facilities in town, the University of the West of Scotland and West College Scotland (formerly Reid Kerr).

A question raised at the meeting was:  ‘Are the BIDs basically doing the work that the local authority should be doing?’ I would like to think not, as in the last few years and through various administrations the council has been doing a lot to help improve the town. They have also been applying for essential grant money for major improvements such as the Causeyside Street improvements which look fantastic.

If you are looking for more information on the Paisley BID process which is now officially called Paisley First then please visit their website by following this link. Lets hope it is Paisley First for Business..

Blog by Brian McGuire.

Bar boss says cheers for council grant

A popular bar which moved house to open in the heart of Paisley has a classy new look…thanks to a grant of thousands of pounds from Renfrewshire Council.
Hamishes’ Hoose landlord, Piero Pieraccini took advantage of the council’s Paisley Town Centre Property Improvement Grant to help pay for the modern eye-catching exterior and signage on the High Street property, which had lain empty for several years.

Piero is delighted to show council leader Mark Macmillan the new-look frontage which came about with the help of a property improvement  grant from Renfrewshire Council. Piero is urging other town centre businesses to get in on the act

Piero is delighted to show council leader Mark Macmillan the new-look frontage which came about with the help of a property improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council. Piero is urging other town centre businesses to get in on the act

And the transformation has won praise from customers who are impressed with the makeover and also from other traders who may now follow in Piero’s footsteps and seek a grant from the council.

Well-known Hamishes’ Hoose recently re-located from underneath the railway bridge at 42 Old Sneddon Street, Paisley to bigger premises at 45 High Street where Buddies can enjoy great food and drink. And when it came to improving the property Piero was delighted to learn he qualified for the property improvement grant of £8,700 which has give the outside of the building a complete makeover.

He said: “The front of the premises certainly needed a lot of work done to it, as some of the wood was rotting and the railings in front of the pub windows were rusty. Getting the town centre improvement grant was a real help and without the funding from Renfrewshire Council, we wouldn’t have been able to make the place look as good as it does.”
Piero added: “As well as making the pub look great from the outside, it also improves the look of the High Street in general.

“I would urge every town centre business to take advantage of this grant funding and when their property looks good, it creates a positive image for their business and the town centre as a whole. “The council is doing their bit to help regenerate Paisley town centre and now we need other property owners to do the same.”

Another town centre business to get on their bike and take advantage of the Council’s property improvement grant is Thomsons Cycles, at 58 Causeyside Street.

Martin Johnston, manager at Thomson Cycles in Causeyside Street, Paisley is gearing up for busy times ahead after the business got a helping hand with a whopping £10,000 improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council to give the entrance to the shop a makeover. He is pictured with council leader Mark Macmillan who called in to see the changes.

Martin Johnston, manager at Thomson Cycles in Causeyside Street, Paisley is gearing up for busy times ahead after the business got a helping hand with a whopping £10,000 improvement grant from Renfrewshire Council to give the entrance to the shop a makeover. He is pictured with council leader Mark Macmillan who called in to see the changes.

The business received a welcome £10,000 grant and shop manager, Martin Johnston said: “The property had been empty for years when we moved in and the place was an eyesore.
“It’s crucial to have a good interior and exterior as it’s all about the customer experience when they come to your shop.

“People have commented that the shop is very impressive and we couldn’t have done as much as we did to the property if it wasn’t for the council grant.”
Martin added: “We have been telling other businesses about the improvement grants and it’s definitely something they should take advantage of. “It’s a great idea from the council to help make Paisley better looking.”

Renfrewshire Council leader, Mark Macmillan said: “There is money available to help town centre businesses and property owners improve their premises. “More than 90 per cent of property in Paisley town centre is privately owned. Everyone has to pull together and do their bit to revitalise Paisley and a good place to start is by keeping their property in good repair. “A town centre that looks the business has a better chance of doing the business.”

Property owners in Paisley town centre can get grant funding of 80 per cent of the improvement costs up to £10,000. Contact Renfrewshire Council’s planning department at or call 0300 3000 144 or log on to for more information.

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Bringing It All Home for Gerry and the songmakers

Paisley is gearing up to honour one of its favourite sons with a series of songwriting events in the town this May.

Bring It All Home (2 – 4 May) is a celebration of song inspired by the legacy of Gerry Rafferty.  The Paisley-born singer-songwriter, who died in 2011, is known for his iconic hits ‘Baker Street’, ‘Right Down the Line’, and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’.

Bring It All Home will feature performances from internationally-renowned artists such as Love and Money’s James Grant as well as a celebration of Paisley songwriters.

James Grant will open the event in Paisley Abbey on 2 May, where he will welcome friends Chris Thompson(Friends Again and The Bathers), Graham Skinner (Hipsway), Monica Queen (Belle and Sebastian collaboratrix), Fraser Spiers and bandmate and producer Paul McGeehan.

Home-grown songwriting talent will feature with Carol Laula and Yvonne Lyon performing in the Wynd Centre on 3 May and Michael Cassidy, local artist and winner of a council-sponsored songwriting prize in 2012, opening the Abbey concert.

In this first year of a new annual event, budding songwriters can join a free ‘masterclass’ in the town in a special session in Paisley Museum with James Grant.

Paisley’s Songwriting Guild will also perform free in The Bungalow Bar on Thursday 2 May and in Hamishes Hoose (just after the masterclass in the Museum) on Saturday 4 May.

Martha Rafferty, Gerry’s daughter, said: “Gerry’s talent is recognised as much today as it ever was and he would have hoped to inspire people from Paisley to pick up a guitar and try writing a tune or two themselves, I’m sure.”

“He was passionate about his music and he was passionate about his hometown – any combination of the two is a great way to remember him.”

Renfrewshire Council is backing the event with Council Leader Mark Macmillan describing it as “another step in promoting Paisley as an exciting cultural venue”.

Councillor Macmillan said: “The Paisley music scene has always been incredibly vibrant and we’re doing all we can at Renfrewshire Council to encourage musicians and music fans to the town.

“We’ve been blessed to have talents like Gerry Rafferty over the years and it’s great to have this opportunity to celebrate what he and his music brought to Paisley.

“This is a huge year for music in the town.  In October, Paisley will take centre-stage as the showcase for traditional and contemporary Scottish culture when we see the return of The Spree festival and we play host to the Royal National Mòd.

“All of these events attract people into the town and that’s what we need as we work to regenerate Paisley after some tough years.”

Tickets for the shows on 2-3 May can be bought from on 08444 155 221 or from the food counter of Marks & Spencer, High Street, Paisley.

More information about the festival is available online at