Johnstone’s The Spateston Inn, formerly The Osprey, has reopened following a £494,000 refurbishment from Star Pubs & Bars.
It was due to reopen in mid-March but with work delayed by lockdown, new licensee and life-long local resident Christine Knox has had to wait a further five months before revealing the changes.
Said Christine, “The Spateston Inn has a special place in my heart as it has always been my local and was my dad’s favourite pub. I’m over the moon to be running it.
Spateston 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. I want the pub to fill that role again, just as it did when I was growing up. The interest in the refurbishment has been phenomenal, and there’s lots of excitement about the opening. I can’t thank people enough for their support.
“I was shaking when I saw the new design. It’s gorgeous and really has the wow factor. I think people are going to be blown away to have it as their local. The new team are all from the area, so there are plenty of familiar faces even if the pub looks completely different.”
The investment has transformed the pub inside and out, and has opened up the interior and added new windows, giving it a light, airy feel. A contemporary design with wood floors and exposed brickwork completes the look.
The project has facilitated social distancing by making the pub more spacious and adding outside space. There is a new garden at the back and outdoor tables at the front with external seating for more than 100 people.
Christine has worked in Johnstone and Glasgow pubs for over three decades. The Spateston Inn is her first pub of her own.