THE Ayrshire-based group behind the Scotts and Lido outlets is ramping up its presence in the east with the acquisition of a historic pub in Linlithgow.
Buzzworks Holdings has bought The Bridge Inn in the West Lothian town and is set to invest £750,000 refurbishing the pub before relaunching it next year as part of its House collection. The company currently operates five House venues – The Tree House in Ayr, The Long House in Kilmarnock, The Mill House in Stewarton, The Corner House in Kilwinning and The Coach House in Bridge of Weir.
The acquisition of The Bridge Inn, which dates from 1660, comes as Buzzworks gears up to launch its first venture in the east coast – Scotts bar and restaurant at Port Edgar Marina in South Queensferry, which is set to open later this month.
Behind the ‘boat shed façade’, the new Scotts outlet features a wall of windows said to provide a spectacular view of the three bridges and Firth of Forth.
Colin Blair, chairman of Buzzworks Holdings, said: “Branching out from the west of Scotland is an ambitious move for us, but one we are really excited to develop.
“We can’t wait to open the doors of Scotts South Queensferry and then start work on our next project in Linlithgow.”