Historic haunt is on the market

Larkhall pub dating from 1700s has host of original features

The Applebank Inn
The Applebank Inn dates back to the 1700s and is said to be one of Scotland’s oldest pubs

A BAR and restaurant which dates back to the 18th century has come onto the books of Smith & Clough Business Associates.

Overlooking the River Avon on the outskirts of the South Lanarkshire town of Larkhall, the Applebank Inn, which was built in the early 1700s, comes with a tale to tell; it is reputed to be haunted, with a ghost (known as the Black Lady of Larkhall) said to frequent the pub.

The property itself has many original features, such as exposed stone walls, timber roof beams and original fireplaces.

The main trading area comprises a bar/restaurant area with capacity for up to 40 covers, as well as a lounge area with space for a further 30; there’s also a large, external terrace overlooking the river, which can seat approximately 50.

The sale of the Applebank Inn offers a stunning business opportunity.

Owner’s accommodation is also included in the sale in the form of a “well-proportioned” two-bedroom flat above the inn.

Said to have a good reputation for its food and drinks offer, the Applebank Inn draws trade from both locals and those from further afield, according to the agent.

Jonathan Clough of Smith & Clough said the business, which is currently owned by Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group and run under management, “would be ideal for a more hands-on operator”.

“The sale of the Applebank Inn provides a tremendous opportunity for someone to take on this historic property, which trades well and is extremely well-fitted throughout, offering a stunning business opportunity,” said Clough.

Offers over £200,000 are sought for the freehold.