It is difficult to know whether Mary Shelley would have approved, but Saltire Taverns’ Frankenstein pubs have proved a hit with Scottish drinkers. Founded in 1996 by Billy Lowe, the company operates seven themed pubs in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow, three of which are Frankensteins. Saltire invested £1m in 1999 to refurbish its premises and sales have grown by nearly 120% a year from an annualised £687,000 in 1999 to £7.3m in 2002.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank11
CompanySaltire Taverns
ActivityThemed pub operator
LocationEdinburgh
Annual sales rise over 3 years119.72%
Latest sales £000s7,290
Staff190
Founded1996
Websitewww.frankenstein-pub.co.uk

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