The Grog & Gruel is a tongue in cheek name to reflect the relaxed and informal atmosphere of our Traditional Alehouse & Restaurant.
Don’t take our name too literally though. We’ve moved on a long way from the days of sailor’s rum punch and watery oatmeal porridge.
Instead you’ll find the largest selection of cask conditioned ales in town brewed, conditioned and served to perfection. And whether looking for a light snack at lunchtime or a special place for an evening meal our mouth-watering food will whet your appetite.
Way back when…
Back in the early ’90s, with an already proven track record for providing hospitality at Clachaig Inn in Glencoe, we decided we wanted to bring good beer, great food and a traditional pub atmosphere to the High Street in Fort William.
In 1994, we bought the Rock Bar & Luigis, a plastic homage to the karaoke bar and dry ice machines, and the rest, as they say, is history.
OK. But why the pig?
First off, Horace is a Hog, not a pig.
In an age of Firkins, Tuns and Brewery Taps, we hit upon a great name for our new alehouse, The Hogshead. After all, there’s 2 of them sat in the middle of the floor when you walk into the pub. Just before opening, however, someone kindly pointed out that there were plans to launch a chain of pubs under the same name. Oh bugger!
So, a last minute change of plan, just as the sign writers were arriving. The Hog theme continued; and we’re rather glad that we changed the name to something a little more quirky.
And that’s what we do
Brothers Guy & Ed Daynes are still very much involved, though it’s Manager Neil and Chef Adam that must take the credit for ensuring that after 20 years or so, we’re just just a damn good place for call in for pint, a bite to eat and a bit of craic.
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