Herringbone bars become part of Scottish group Buzzworks Holdings

Herringbone bar

Two bars in Edinburgh and another in North Berwick have come under new ownership as part of expansion by operator Buzzworks Holdings.

It has taken over two venues trading as Herringbone: one in Goldenacre close to the Royal Botanic Garden in north Edinburgh and the other in Westgate in North Berwick to the east of Edinburgh.

As part of the acquisition of the Herringbone group, Buzzworks has acquired a third site in 3 Royal Terrace Gardens, Edinburgh, which is still under construction and due to open as another Herringbone bar in the summer.

The Herringbone bars offer a relaxed drink and food offering, including cocktails, wines and craft beers, which fits in well with Buzzworks. It already operates 14 other venues in Scotland including Scotts in Troon, Largs and South Queensferry, The Tree House in Ayr, The Long House and The Duke in Kilmarnock, and its newest venue, The Fox in Troon.

Kenny Blair, managing director of Buzzworks, said: “Branching out the business to the east coast has been an exciting journey so far, with two fantastic venues in Scotts South Queensferry and The Bridge Inn Linlithgow already in place.

“We see the addition of Herringbone to our portfolio as the perfect fit, due to our commitment to creating fabulous venues that offer delicious food, great drinks and outstanding service – which Herringbone already provides to its customers on a daily basis.

“This is another great step forward in our continued growth strategy as we branch out from the west of Scotland.

“The venues will not only continue to provide an excellent bar and food experience to complement the area but, with a further 20 jobs being created, it’s an ideal opportunity for those keen to work for a forward-thinking hospitality operator that provides both industry leading training and benefits for its team.”

The Herringbone team are staying in place at their respective bars while a further 20 jobs will be created in Edinburgh when the new bar opens in 3 Royal Terrace Gardens.

Ash Bairstow, managing director at Herringbone, said: “Our Herringbone team have been incredible at developing a relaxed bar and restaurant in North Berwick, then Goldenacre, Edinburgh, serving lots of wines by the glass, craft and draught beers and our renowned selection of beautifully crafted cocktails, alongside an excellent complementary food menu.

“We’re delighted to be joining the Buzzworks family and it is an exciting new chapter in our story.

“Joining Buzzworks will allow the team to develop further as we expand the Herringbone brand with a third venue this year and more to come and we’re proud to become part of such a forward-thinking, people-focused business like Buzzworks.”

Herringbone started out in 2014 when the bar in North Berwick was opened by Martin and Valerie Naylor, followed by the second in 2017 in Goldenacre.

Ash, who joined Herringbone in 2014, added: “I know the previous owners Val and Martin will join me in thanking all of the Herringbone team, old and new, for their hard work as the business looks forward to developing further alongside Buzzworks in the future.”

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