Pipers’ Tryst reopens / “I’ve started so I’ll finish …”

A fundraising evening for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust will take place on friday at The National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Glasgow.
A fundraising evening for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust will take place on friday at The National Piping Centre in McPhater Street, Glasgow.

One of Glasgow’s best-known eateries reopens on April 26.

The Pipers’ Tryst is the hospitality side of the National Piping Centre and has been acknowledged as a jewel in Glasgow’s culinary crown for years. It comprises an award-winning restaurant/bar and hotel.

The Scottish Government last week advised that outdoor socialising of up to six people from up to three households will be permitted (four people from two households sitting indoors), tourist accommodation can reopen and outdoor hospitality can open till 22:00 with alcohol permitted. Indoor hospitality is permitted without alcohol (until mid-May) with closing at 20:00. The wearing of a mask or covering when not sitting at your table is also a necessary provision.

Emily Nelson, Senior Manager at the Pipers’ Tryst, said: “The team here has been working towards this day for a wee while now and we’re delighted to be in a position where our doors are about to reopen. I can’t wait to welcome back our regular customers and see some new faces as we reopen our doors ahead of summer.

Emily Nelson.

“Our guests will have a brand new menu to choose from, too, and we’re working on creating a bespoke menu and deal for students. We’re planning to introduce live traditional music sessions as well. This is something we did previously and was popular.

“Our restaurant diary is open now for bookings from April 26 onwards. We’re open until 20:00 initially from Monday to Saturday. From that date we can also host wedding receptions for up to 50 people.”

The Pipers’ Tryst reopening is set against a backdrop of a significant reopening of the wider economy and society in Scotland. Libraries and museums can re-open, and with shops also being allowed to reopen, The Bagpipe Shop will reopen its doors as well. On Tuesday, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon brought forward plans to lift travel restrictions within all of mainland Scotland. This can now take place as of tomorrow.

The Scottish Government plans to ease restrictions further on May 17 with an expansion of hospitality: bars, pubs, restaurants and cafés should be able to stay open until 22:30 indoors … with alcohol permitted.

The piping world will also note that on May 17, small-scale indoor and outdoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints.

Still with the National Piping Centre, a reminder that last weekend’s broadcast of the Duncan Johnstone Memorial Recital can be watched until midnight this Saturday. Click here for further details.

“I’ve started so I’ll finish …” Think you know a lot about pipe bands or piping in general? Able to tell your MacCrimmons from your MacKays? Your Parkes from your MacLellans? Piping certainly makes for a good specialist subject.

In the (piping) hot seat?

Popular BBC television quiz series, Mastermind, is currently scouring the UK to find contenders for the next series. Email mastermind.hth@hattrick.com to request an application form (it takes just ten minutes to complete).

Entry is open to all UK residents (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) who are aged 18 or over. Applications close on May 24 at midnight.

Mastermind is filmed in Belfast and filming for the next series will take place later this year adhering to government guidance.