An East Lothian pub that has reopened following an extensive £425,000 revamp by Star Pubs & Bars has been visited by members of parliament to toast its revival.
East Lothian MP Martin Whitfield and MSP Iain Gray visited The Seaglass Inn in Port Seton, to celebrate its more stylish and contemporary new look.
The development of the little-used, tired local – which was formerly called The Wemyss Hotel – has turned it into a quality, family friendly pub and created 16 new jobs..
Amongst the additions are an outdoor area for alfresco eating and drinking, BT and Sky Sports, and the installation of a new kitchen.
A new drinks selection ranging from barista coffee to craft beer and cocktails has also been introduced, as well as freshly prepared food made from locally sourced ingredients..
New licensee Christine O’Brien who runs the pub with her daughter Sarah Crouch and also runs The New Plough Inn at Tranent – says customers’ jaws drop when they walk in.
She said: “The pub looks beautiful, and they can’t believe the transformation. They love the new design and ambience and having a family-friendly pub that caters for all in Port Seton.
“We’re seeing a real mix of ages and people who never visited the pub before: groups of ladies for Prosecco; guys watching the football and families enjoying a meal out. The community has backed us right from the early planning stages, and we’re very grateful for their support.”
Martin Whitfield said of his visit: “It’s great to see such major investment in an East Lothian pub and new jobs created. The Seaglass Inn is a welcome addition to the area for local residents and another attraction for visitors to the county’s coast.”
Iain Gray added: “Good pubs play an important social role as hubs for the communities they serve. With so many people moving into this part of East Lothian, it’s good news to see a local pub given a new lease of life.”
Star Pubs & Bars area manager. Jeremy Williams. said: “We’re delighted that The Seaglass Inn has been so well received and is proving a popular meeting place for the whole community and those from further afield. Christine and Sarah are passionate about giving Port Seton a pub it can be proud of, and we wish them every success.”
The Seaglass Inn’s refurbishment is part of Star Pubs & Bars’ £4 million investment programme for Scotland’s pubs in 2019.