Greene King seek new owner for haunted Scottish pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones contact

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That's the spirit: Brave operator sought for 'haunted' pub
That's the spirit: Brave operator sought for 'haunted' pub

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Suffolk-based pubco Greene King is offering a discounted rent to any operator brave enough to man the Osnaburg Bar in Forfar, Angus, which is fabled to be one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs.

The company is offering a rent of just £75 per week for the first three months to help a new owner to set up their business at the venue, which is in “great condition” for a new operator to immediately come and start serving drinks, according to Greene King. 

Rumour has it a restless spirit haunts the pub and spooks people from its cellars, with members of staff reporting unexplainable activity across the years. Paranormal groups have even visited the pub, with claims they found strong evidence of ghostly activities.  

Historic and charming bar

Greene King Pub Partners business development manager Billy Guthrie said: “The historic and charming Osnaburg Bar is the best local in town and is famous for its warm and friendly welcome – ghosts included! The site is in excellent condition and any new publican has heaps of potential to take the Oz to the next level.  

“Someone who loves to play a vital role in their community and breathe new life into an area will relish running this pub.” 

The Osnaburg Bar was first established in 1835, and before then was believed to have been a weaver’s shop, playing a part in Forfar’s historical involvement in the textile industry. The name Osnaburg was in fact derived from a measure of cloth. 

Greene King properties

Last month was a busy one for Greene King, which launched two Hive Pubs sites, the Orb & Sceptre in South Wootton,​ Norfolk, and the Norfolk Terrier in Thetford, Norfolk following investments. 

The Norfolk Terrier will be run by new franchisee Louise Burden,​ who was previously at the helm of the Green Dragon Inn, Thetford, while the Orb & Sceptre will be taken over by new franchisees Alan and Sam Brookes.  

Greene King pub the White Horse in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, also reopened last month​ following a joint investment from the pubco and new licensee Hertfields – a local pub and events company run by Steve Birch.  

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