Gin pot-tails on a vintage Titan

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Red Bus Bistro has for some years now been running gourmet bus tours of Edinburgh and Glasgow with converted vintage London Routemasters. Not only do passengers get to see some of the best sights the cities have on offer, but they are also able to tuck into a selection of home-cooked Scottish cuisine from local suppliers. The buses also feature fully licensed bars with a vast range of malt whiskies, chilled prosecco and signature gin pot-tails. The Red Bus Bistro team offers afternoon tea or gin tea experiences, a whisky distillery experience or evening dining experiences – one of which travels to the locations in Edinburgh which inspired author J K Rowling to write her Harry Potter books.

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Joining the fleet of Routemasters this year is ex-Ribble Metro Cammell-bodied Leyland Titan PD3/5 1847 (TCK 847). The bus was one of the last PD3s supplied to Ribble in 1963 and following its withdrawal from service, it was in preservation for some years until sold to the owners of the Colfin Creamery Restaurant on the Rhinns of Galloway in 2018. Branded as ‘Moos and Chews,’ the lower deck was fitted out with a kitchen. The bus is now part of the Red Bus Bistro fleet and is fitted with Routemaster seats along with specially-built tables for the food and drink. Malcolm McNeill, the company’s Operations Manager for Edinburgh said he is delighted with the new addition: “Like the Routemasters, the Titan was built to last and is already attracting much attention on the streets.”
Driver Stuart Brand said he loves the change and challenges he finds from originally driving modern state of the art coaches. He added: “These buses were built to work and serve the public.”

The Leyland joins a fleet of Routemasters offering gourmet tours of Edinburgh. RICHARD WALTER












The interior features Routemaster seats and specially-made tables. RICHARD WALTER