The Lade already has a long history of servicing your needs whether it was a cup of tea all those years ago, a quick bite en route to a fishing trip or a night long singalong at one of their Ceilidhs. The owners of the Lade want to retain the charm of the building and its traditional homeliness yet develop the reputation for being one of the best places to eat in the area. It does not promote itself as a fancy restaurant with starch linen and posh plates, but a quirky, cosy, warm and friendly pub with a great garden that is ideal for a family meal or a romantic dinner.
The owner’s passion for Real Ale has long been established at the Lade Inn with their own exclusive house ales, but they wanted to take it one step further and become the central hub for all Scottish Bottled Ales. To make this dream a reality, they converted their old Microbrewery and the Scottish Real Ale Shop opened its doors for the first time in December 2006. It is a one stop shop for Scottish beer, Real Ale Festivals and brewing information; a place where you can purchase that elusive bottle from the Hebrides or that delicious blonde from Islay. You can also purchase through the online shop and have the beer delivered to your door or as a gift for someone else.Situated in the village of Kilmahog (chapel of St Chug) 2 miles north of Callander, the Lade Inn started life back in 1935 as the Wayside Tearooms. Two sisters Alie & Sheana Maclaurin set about creating an enterprising all women business and obtained a feu in the Millar's Meadow. With a loan from the Weslyan & General Building Society, they commissioned the design and construction of the Wayside from Architect Austin Laird.
The building cost £750 and the furniture, provided by Muirhead Moffat of Glasgow, and fittings brought the cost to just under £1000. It opened in May 1935 and was an instant success.
With homemade food available all day, attractive design and surroundings, people wanted to stay as well as eat, to make this possible Alie & Sheana used to stay in tents in the garden to accommodate guests before extensions were built later. The wayside made a thriving trade till it was requisitioned by the army in 1939.
The Lade Inn House Ales are brewed to their own recipe and only available on draught at The Lade Inn, these ales are very popular and one of which is award winning. Waylade is a good flavoured, creamy blonde bitter with a malty, fruity nose and lightly hopped after taste - (3.9%) Ladeback is a rounded, slightly sweeter, refreshing amber ale that is well balanced with a hop dominated dry finish - (4.5%) Ladeout is a Silver Award Winning and is a robust and satisfying dark ale with a complex flavour of dark chocolate and liquorice that is rewarding on the palate - (5.1%) These ales are also available to purchase by the bottle and Mini keg from the Scottish ale shop.Sample a selection of wonderful Scottish real ales all locally produced. These will be available on draught in the bar or can be purchased by bottle in our shop. Why not make a night of it and have a delicious meal in the restaurant. There is also have great live Scottish Folk Music on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information vivid the website at http://www.theladeinn.com
If you are staying here in central Scotland in one of our self-catering holiday cottages during the time the Beer Festival is on, why not visit the Lade Inn to sample some of the unique beers and good food which is on offer.