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PUB OF THE WEEK Eagle Inn High Street, Tillicoultry.

What's the atmosphere like? It may feel like one big happy family but regulars who see this as a home from home extend the hand of friendship, so it's very much an all ages, all backgrounds place where singles, couples and bigger groups feel comfortable and welcome, especially in the lounge.

Describe the decor The inviting wood-panelled lounge has an old-fashioned feel thanks to exposed natural stone walls, antiques and bric-a-brac galore, carved figures and out-of-the-ordinary collectibles. There are intimate corners in which to snuggle up but it is spacey enough to mix and mingle, too. There are nice, old, leaded glass features. The pool table sits in the middle of the adjoining public bar, which is a traditional all-male domain. Who drinks here? They come from all walks of life and include bar room philosophers, sports-men, businessmen and folk who enjoy a spot of fun and games. They are a big-hearted bunch, too, and have donated loads to various charities via collecting boxes on the bar. OAPs get a special deal at meal times. It's a bustling place at lunchtime as well as later. Loyal customers enjoy occasional party nights laid on by management to say thanks. What about the staff? Licensee Linda Frame has been in charge for three years with husband Eric, who helps out behind the bar and brother Don Watt, a regular assistant. Helen Bain makes sure the kitchen fare keeps customers coming back for more and 10 part-timers muck in when things in this busy pub get more hectic.

Is the food any good? There's a three-course kids' menu for pounds 2.95. Grown-ups can pick from snacks including baked potatoes and sandwiches (pounds 2.75 to pounds 3.75) or a range of burgers, pizzas and salads as well as full meal selections with starters such as soup of the day (pounds 1.85) or prawns Marie Rose (pounds 2.95), and main courses like liver and onions or steak pie (pounds 4.95). Bog Standards Neat and tidy. Facts: Belhaven Best, pounds 2.13; Tennent's Lager, pounds 2.15; whisky and vodka (35ml), pounds 1.43; wine (175ml), pounds 2.05.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 23, 2005
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