Inn could be a shore thing

New owner sought for waterfront bar and restaurant

OPERATORS looking for a waterfront bar and restaurant may be interested in a business in the Fife village of Limekilns, which has come onto the books of Cornerstone Business Agents.

The Ship Inn is said to enjoy a “tranquil” setting, overlooking the Forth towards Bo’ness and eastwardly towards the three bridges over the Forth.

The property, which has been extended over the years, comprises a public bar and 40-cover restaurant, as well as a fully renovated commercial kitchen. There’s also a four-bedroom owner’s house which offers sea views from the living and dining rooms.

Current owners Ian and Claire Cruickshank, who have operated the business for the past 14 years, said they feel it is time for someone else to take the reins.

It is exceptionally rare to acquire such a beautifully–presented pub.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Ship Inn and we continue to enjoy the day-to-day challenges and rewards of the business,” said the couple.

“After 14 years watching the business and our children grow up, we think it is about time to pass the business on to another custodian.”

Barry McNeil, a director of Cornerstone Business Agents, which is marketing the inn with a guide price of £575,000, said the business “offers prospective buyers the chance to run a profitable and well-regarded locals bar and restaurant which is frequented by tourists, day-trippers and visitors from all around the world”.

“It is exceptionally rare with pub purchases in Scotland to acquire such a beautifully-presented shoreside pub with an equally beautifully-presented owner’s house,” said McNeil.