Keep it in the family! Fave pub is nominated for national title

Wee Jimmies is Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency’s favourite pub – and that’s official!

The Cowdenbeath pub was a resounding hit when Lesley Laird MP put a call out last month looking for suggestions for nominees for Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

And she popped along to the bar to meet manager Gary Roy, whose family has owned Wee Jimmies for nearly five decades, to meet the team – and pull a pint!

Gary said: “It’s really good to be nominated – obviously, we must be doing something right.

“I was away on holiday when Lesley put the word out so I was completely unaware members of the public had been voting for us.

“I’d like to thank them for their support and to our staff at Wee Jimmies. Without them, this would never happen. We don’t rest on our laurels, as our recent refurbishment of the bar and the lounge proves.”

The UK winner of the Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition, which is run by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, will be decided after the deadline for constituency nominations expires at the end of September.

Lesley said: “Going by public feedback, Wee Jimmies is obviously a well-loved pub and whatever happens next, it takes the honour here in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.

“That’s no doubt family tradition plays a part in that. June Matthys took over the pub nearly 50 years ago and she still runs the business to this day alongside her son, Gary Roy, and daughter, Linda Ferris.

“All good pubs get involved with their local community, and Wee Jimmies is no different. The pub sponsors local football teams Cowdenbeath FC and Hearts of Beath and actively supports the local music scene.

“I’m delighted to be nominating Wee Jimmies for the Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition and wish the owners and staff all the best.”

Pic: (l-r) Lesley Laird, Linda Ferris, June Matthys and Gary Roy.