The Scotsman

Pub aims to be lo­cal hub after £500k facelift

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A pub in Spate­ston near John­stone has opened its doors for the first time in nine months, show­ing off the re­sults of a £500,000 re­fur­bish­ment.

The Spate­ston Inn – for­merly The Os­prey – was due to re­open in mid March fol­low­ing the re­vamp by Heinekenow­ned Star Pubs& Bars. In­stead, new li­censee and life­long lo­cal res­i­dent Chris­tine Knox has had to wait due to the pan­demic – and the pub opened on Satur­day, cre­at­ing 15 jobs. It claims to be the only pub in Spate­ston, and as the town has no cof­fee shop, Knox is in­tro­duc­ing all-day cof­fee and hot drinks along­side al­co­holic drinks and food.

It is the first pub of Knox’s own, and she said: “The Spate­ston Inn has a spe­cial place in my heart as it has al­ways been my lo­cal and was my dad’ s favourite pub. Spates ton is cry­ing out for a com­mu­nity hub. With so much new hous­ing in the area, the de­mand for a wel­com­ing lo­cal where peo­ple can get to­gether and get to know each other has never been greater.”

 ??  ?? 0 Chris­tine Knox says that de­mand for a wel­com­ing lo­cal in the area has never been greater
0 Chris­tine Knox says that de­mand for a wel­com­ing lo­cal in the area has never been greater

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