With the rise of some many bars owned by large breweries and chain pubs that all feel the same, David Austin, who also owns Reubens Wine Store in Dunfermline, wanted to create a pub where the beer and cider was made on-site. He was able to do this with the help of his business partner Douglas Ross, a master brewer.
The name is taken from the traditonal and ancient name of the Bruce family (Robert the Bruce is buried in Dunfermline Abbey, just a few hundred metres away from the building). and the spider logo is inspired by the Robert the Bruce legend, at some point while he was on the run, Bruce hid in a cave, where he observed a spider spinning a web. Each time the spider failed, it began again until it finally managed to build a web. Inspired by this, Bruce returned to inflict a series of defeats on the English, thus winning him more supporters and eventual victory.