A brief history of Glasgow's best known malt whisky pub.
The building in Hope Street, Glasgow which currently houses the 'Pot Still' dates back to 1835 when
it was first built. The first recorded tenant was John Hill, a wine and spirit
merchant who operated from the premises in 1867. Links with the wine and spirit
industry were maintained when the premises transferred in 1870 to William McCall
who ran a public house from the building.
In 1898 the premises where left to the
second of a long lists McCalls who were to run the business until 1981. The
McCall family appeared to have been superb raconteurs, with stories of incidents
which happened in the pub passed down from one to the next. Customers over the
decades have been amazed at the stories of Tam the coalman who at the turn of
the century, parked his horse and cart outside the pub every day after work,
then joined his fellow drinkers for his ritual whiskies. Tam apparently did this
for almost sixty years, long after he stopped working and lived to the ripe old
age of 83!
In 1981 the premises were
taken over by John Waterson, a well know Glasgow publican who made significant
alterations to the premises and introduced the “Pot Still” famous range of over
300 malt whiskies. Indeed the range was so famous that in 1984 a group of
Japanese business men working in London flew up to Glasgow for the day to try a
particular malt unavailable anywhere else, a story the McCalls would have been
Today the Pot Still
offers quality casks ales and traditional home cooking in a unique environment
that even Tam the coalman would enjoy.