The Prestoungrange Gothenburg has reopened again as a Gothenburg pub, after nearly 90 years. It has been restored with dining and bistro services, bar meals, real ales brewed on the premises at Fowler's micro-brewery, and outstanding facilities for exhibitions, club meetings and functions from small private parties to 100+.
The Gothenburg system began in the early nineteenth century in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the Temperance Movement. The idea was to control excessive drinking but also to provide benefits for the community through the profits. After spreading through Sweden, the system appeared in Scotland, gaining its firmest hold in mining communities. Set up as community owned societies they ran public houses on the Gothenburg system giving grants to local charities and sponsored sporting events.
The Prestoungrange Gothenburg was built in 1908, sold off in 1918 and reopened again in July 2004 under the original Gothenburg principles of its founders. Surpluses are Gift Aided to the Prestoungrange Arts Festival – a charity that uses the arts to stimulate and encourage the economy of Prestonpans. The 'Goth' also houses East Lothian's first micro-brewery, producing one of the old Fowler's beers – brewed in the town until the 1960s.
Anyone over 18 can register to join one of Fowler's Ales BrewSets and help make 100 gallons of beer, most weeks of the year. There is also the opportunity to propose a Celebration Brew for special occasions. BrewSets are conducted under supervision and everyone who completes their part gets a Fowler's Certificate of Achievement and becomes a Fowler's Fellow.
July 23rd 2003 saw the Lord Mayor of Gothenburg unveil a new mural (by members of the Prestoungrange Arts Festival) and name The Lord Mayor's Bar upstairs in the Gothenburg pub. To commemorate that event July 23rd has been declared 'Gothenburg Day'. This year, for the first anniversary, Swedes and Scots alike are invited to visit the shores of the Firth of Forth at Prestonpans for an event that lasts all day and an opportunity to choose from a selection of Swedish food and beverages.
For further information, contact:
227 High Street, Prestonpans,
Tel: 01875 819922
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