Pub rescues wedding after Queensferry bar closes its doors

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A QUEENSFERRY pub came to the rescue of a newly-wed couple last week when their wedding reception plans were put in disarray following the closure of the Two Bridges bar in the town.

The closure left John and Lyn McGrory without a venue for their reception just days prior to their wedding last Thursday. But staff at the Moorings saved the day for the pair.

The couple were contacted by Punch Taverns, which owns the Two Bridges, and they were offered the opportunity to stage their wedding reception at the Moorings, which is also owned by Punch. The restaurant area was transformed for the reception and manager/chef Jamie Davies, a former head chef at the Boat House restaurant in Queensferry, served up a three course dinner for the bridal party.

Grainne Hayes, Punch Taverns’ partnership development manager, said: “We can confirm that the Two Bridges is currently closed and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Whilst we are trying to resolve issues at the Two Bridges, we were delighted to be able to help the newlyweds source a new Punch Taverns venue, The Moorings, for their wedding reception.”

And Trish Finlayson, operations manager of Balmoral Hospitality, which now operates the Moorings, added: “Grainne contacted us to see if we could step in and hold the reception at our bar. She showed the couple round the site last Tuesday to make sure they were happy with the premises and we had a day to organise the reception.

“We have not catered for a wedding party at this site before so we had to make certain arrangements to allocate sufficient space and organise flute glasses for the toast and everything went well on the big day. I want to thank all of the staff for doing such a good job under pressure and at short notice. It was a pleasure to help out and be part of such a special day and we wish the couple well.”

Balmoral Hospitality took over the day to day running of the Moorings from local man Arne Fredrikson at the start of October.

Many people have been left surprised by the closure of the Two Bridges two weeks ago. One couple, who regularly meet there for a family gathering, said they arrived there on Friday, October 19, to find the doors shut and a bit of paper on it saying “closed for business”.

The Two Bridges has featured regularly in Groupon deals. The Journal and Gazette is not aware if any offer is still valid, but subscribers should contact Groupon direct for any refund.