Business / Food and drink lined up for revamped Kiln Bar

The refurbished building will eventually host a seafood bistro overlooking the sea

Colin Maclean at the bar. Photo: BBC Radio Shetland

A REVAMPED Kiln Bar in Scalloway is set to open its doors this week following a year-long refurbishment.

One of its key selling points will be a seafood bistro overlooking the water, which will open later down the line.

The refurbishment is being led by chef Colin Maclean, with the bar now going under its colloquial name The KB.


Work first started in October last year and its doors are set to open on Wednesday.

Food is expected to start later in the week.

The plan is to serve traditional pub grub – such as steak pies, fish and chips and “nice burgers” – in the public bar, while the seafood bistro will open at a later date in what is being called the lounge bar.

Reconditioned church pews inside the KB.

Football, rugby and other sports will also be shown in the public bar.

The Kiln had been up for sale for a fairly lengthy period of time before changing hands last year.

“It was an opportunity that came up, so we said why not – let’s go for it,” Maclean said.

“I’ve been working in the industry long enough now to go and do my own thing.”

Food is likely to be served over times such as 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm.

The refurbishment ties in snugly with a desire to develop the village through the Re-Create Scalloway project.

Earlier this summer consultants were also commissioned to carry out a feasibility study into improvements to Scalloway’s waterfront.