AN OPERATOR is being sought for an Alva pub.

The Cross Keys Bar & Grill is available to lease from commercial property agents Drysdale & Company with an asking rent of £15,000 a year.

Fully-fitted and ready to trade, the terraced ground-floor property includes a public bar area with a pool table as well as a larger lounge area with a range of seating.

It also comes with a small commercial kitchen and ancillary storage areas to the rear.

There is no beer tie, meaning tenants will be able to purchase supplies from wherever they like.

Stuart Drysdale, director at the property agents, said: “We are delighted to start the year with this traditional public house on our books.

“We’re looking for the right operator to re-establish this well positioned licensed business which enjoys a strong local catchment area.

“Alva is the location for a number of new housing developments bringing more people to the village.

“Along with the option to bring in whatever beer supplier they choose, there is potential in developing the food offering too.”

A three-month rent deposit will be required for anyone looking to lease the pub.

Looking ahead into 2022, Mr Drysdale added: “The local pub market continues to look positive as there will likely be a shift in working patterns with more people spending work and leisure time closer to home as many office based corporate workers have the option to work from home on a more frequent basis.

“Operators of good pubs with a quality food provision are looking for local destinations out-with the city centres, where they may continue to have a presence, but then supplement trade with businesses closer to residential areas.

“The Scottish hospitality industry has never been short on innovation and new ideas and whilst we find ourselves navigating a tricky period in the continued pandemic, there will always be opportunities to look at.”

Email to discuss opportunities at The Cross Keys and arrange a viewing.