Osprey meats its maker

A RUSTIC pub and restaurant that has been a suburban landmark oozing country charm is being given a full-blooded transformation by Pacific Building.

The Osprey in Newton Mearns, near Glasgow, which has been popular with locals and visitors to the area for many years, has closed and will re-emerge as a steakhouse, trading under a new name – Miller & Carter.

The process of giving a new lease of life to the former Osprey – which has until now operated as a Vintage Inns-branded business within the UK-wide Mitchells & Butlers stable of restaurants and bars – started on October 10, 2016.

It is scheduled to undergo a huge refurbishment, costing £700,000, in just four weeks.

The project will involve:

  • New kitchen
  • Repositioning of the bar
  • New stone flooring
  • Replacement windows
  • New doors
  • New partitions
  • New entrance path with post and rope fencing
  • Changed roofing profile over the entrance porch
  • Patio and paving
  • Repairs to the rendering
  • Lighting
  • Picket fencing
  • Carpets, curtains, tiling, other flooring
  • New toilets
  • Decoration
  • New waiting staff stations
  • Seating
  • Signs
  • Landscaping and gardening

The Osprey was formerly a charming 19th-century farmhouse, serving traditional pub cuisine in an environment boasting pastoral log-piles, brick hearths and diverse trinkets on the surfaces.

Now it is being given a new lease of life as a premium steakhouse brand that promises an upmarket doing experience for customers.

This is the third Miller & Carter project to have been undertaken by Pacific, who have a longstanding and fruitful relationship with Mitchells & Butlers, who are the UK’s largest operators of bars and restaurants.

M&B run 1700 businesses, many of them household names, including All Bar One, Toby Carvery, Harvester and Browns.

Employing 44,000 staff, annual sales are close to £2billion and they serve about 140million meals a year, as well as some 430million drinks.

Pacific completed the first Miller & Carter on the outskirts of Edinburgh in 2014 and the second in Glasgow early in 2016.

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