Renfrewshire local is back in business

A RENFREWSHIRE pub has reopened for business with a new look and a new licensee at the helm.

The Spateston Inn in Johnstone – formerly The Osprey – has received an extensive refurbishment after a £494,000 investment from pub company Star Pubs & Bars.

The project included the addition of new windows to provide extra natural light and design features including wood floors and exposed brickwork.

It was originally due to reopen in March but work was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The pub has been taken on by lessee Christine Knox, who has worked in pubs in Glasgow and Johnstone for more than 30 years.

She said The Spateston Inn “has a special place in my heart as it has always been my local and was my Dad’s favourite pub”.

“I’m over the moon to be running it,” said Knox.

“Spateston is crying out for a community hub. With so much new housing in the area, the demand for a welcoming local where people can get together and get to know each other has never been greater.

“I want the pub to fill that role again, just as it did when I was growing up. The interest in the refurbishment has been phenomenal, and there’s lots of excitement about the opening. I can’t thank people enough for their support.

“I was shaking when I saw the new design. It’s gorgeous and really has the wow factor. I think people are going to be blown away to have it as their local. The new team are all from the area, so there are plenty of familiar faces even if the pub looks completely different.”

Lawson Mountstevens of Star Pubs & Bars said the refurbished pub “will hopefully bring some good cheer to the community”.