Future looks good for The Cross Keys in Milngavie

Traders outside Cross Keys pub which is being sold'Ann Marriott from Blubell wood Florist, Alan McColl from Fantoosh fish and Dorothy McCaroll from creature comforts pet shop'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/7/11

Traders outside Cross Keys pub which is being sold'Ann Marriott from Blubell wood Florist, Alan McColl from Fantoosh fish and Dorothy McCaroll from creature comforts pet shop'Photo Emma Mitchell'21/7/11

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TRADERS have spoken of their relief this week that one of Milngavie’s oldest pubs, The Cross Keys, is up for sale.

The pub and restaurant on Station Road was leased by father and son Stuart and Craig Mackenzie from 2009 until the end of May this year, when it stopped trading.

It’s believed it dates back to the 1800s and has been put on the market by the current owners - Spirit Pub Company - after they merged with Punch Taverns.

The Mackenzie’s cited difficult trading conditions as their reason for moving on.

At the time a spokesperson for Spirit Pub Company said the pub would continue trading.

But vandals targeted the interior of the premises causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, and it never reopened.

Local traders were worried about the knock-on effect the closure would have on other businesses in the area.

Gilbert McVean, owner of Iron Chef hardware store, said: “The Cross Keys is a pivotal part of the village.

“We have very few bars and restaurants in the precinct and thousands of walkers visit every year. I’m delighted that it’s now going to be sold to someone.

“There has been a lot of interest in it and I think it’s a great business opportunity for someone.”

Milngavie community council chairperson Fiona Risk said: “This is great news for Milngavie precinct.”

Ian Lavrie, chairman of Milngavie Traders’ Association, said: “We were concerned to see another business closing and worried about the safety of the building while it was empty.We would hate to have seen vandals damage it even more.

“We hope to see it open again as soon as possible as it’s such a key business in the centre.”

The sale of The Cross Keys is being handled by Christie and Co.

Director Brian Sheldon said: “We’ve set a closing date for offers for Thursday, July 26, and we are expecting a number of offers. We’ve had a lot of interest from a lot of prominent players in the license trade.”