A star in the neighbourhood


A LOCAL pub in the village of Busby near Glasgow is set to be transformed by a £385,000 revamp by Star Pubs & Bars and new licensee Andy Crossan.

Work gets underway at The Cartvale on Busby’s Main Street next week (July 1) with the aim of turning the neighbourhood bar into a family-friendly pub serving food with what’s planned to be one of the best pub gardens in the area.

The bar, which will reopen in late August, will benefit from a full external revamp with the garden being turned into a focal point through new decking, planting, seating for 90 and festoon lighting to accentuate its location beside the White Cart Water river.

Internally The Cartvale is to be given a new look, with new folding windows and a balustrade added to provide views of the river and neighbouring woodland.

A new kitchen will allow Crossan to introduce food to the business; a menu with a Scottish focus and pub favourites will be on offer alongside a drinks range that includes beers and cask ales, cocktails, wine and a variety of non-alcoholic choices as well as barista-style coffee.

To establish the bar as a community hub, Crossan plans to host a range of events in the venue, from pub quizzes to live music nights, and has invested in Sky TV to allow customers to watch major sporting events.

“I’ve worked in hospitality all my life and have always wanted a pub of my own,” said Crossan. “It’s fantastic to work in a positive environment where you see people having a good time.

“When I saw The Cartvale was available, I knew it was the one. It’s my ideal; it’s in a great area that I know well and has loads of potential. The plans are really exciting and the inside will be totally transformed when we are finished. I can’t wait to open the doors.”

Brian Davidson, operations director for Scotland at Star Pubs & Bars, said the Heineken-owned pub company was “delighted to be working with Andy to give Busby a great local”.

“His ideas will open up the pub to all ages and bring something different to the village and the wider area,” he said.