A Gourock pub could be set to re-open after a new owner was found. Monteith’s Bar is in the process of being sold off by UK brewers and licensed premises chain Greene King. The Shore Street pub was made available to let after it shut on November 1 last year.
No new tenant was found and Greene King have now decided to offload the premises. Bosses are in talks with an independent buyer and expect the deal to go through before the end of the month, paving the way for a re-opening of the popular local pub.
A Greene King spokesperson said:
“Our commitment to high quality, community pubs sometimes means we have to take the difficult decision to sell a pub to continue investing in our estate. After much consideration we have decided to sell the Monteith’s Bar, and the sale will complete in the next few weeks.”
Monty’s, as it is known locally, was run by late Gourock man Alan Sandison, who was a popular landlord for many years. He gave up the business in 2016 and someone else took over the reins for a short period before calling last orders five months ago.
Greene King, which also owns brands such as Belhaven and Hungry Horse, failed to attract a new tenant and decided to put the pub on the market.
The company also owns the nearby Victoria Bar as well as Greenock’s Old Bank, which is also up for grabs for £500,000, and the Tail O’ the Bank pub and restaurant at East India Harbour.
This article and photo appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on 10th April 2018.