Historic watering hole changes hands

Ayr pub occupies site once home to 13th century brewery

A HISTORIC bar and restaurant in the west coast town of Ayr has been sold in a deal brokered by property firm Smith & Clough Business Associates.

• Christina’s on Ayr’s Mill Street was home to a 13th century brewery operated by monks.

The Mill Street site now occupied by the pub is said to date back to the 13th century, where the Auld Ayre, known as the wee brewery, was operated by monks famed for producing quality wines and ales.

The sale of the pub presented a great opportunity for a new owner.

Nowadays, the town’s High Street, train station and university campus are all nearby meaning Christina’s is well-placed to take advantage of passing trade.
Prior to closing, Christina’s, which has a public bar, lounge area and 32-cover restaurant, is said to have traded predominantly as a traditional locals’ bar, with a strong regular clientele and a ‘pub grub’-style food offer.
Property firm Smith & Clough described the venue as “designed and fitted to a high standard in a traditional style”.
Jonathan Clough of Smith & Clough, who handled the sale of the pub for an undisclosed sum from its asking price of offers over £145,000, said it represents a “tremendous opportunity” for the new owners.
“The business had been management run for the last few years before closing a few months ago,” he said.
“I understand the new owners will be far more hands-on, which can only benefit the business and I believe they will make a great success of it.
“I would just like to take this opportunity to wish them good luck with the new venture.”