Pubs giant Marston’s is gearing to open a new £3 million bar-restaurant at Ravenscraig after gaining full planning and licensing permission.
To be called The Ravens’ Cliff, the venture is set to open early in 2015 and will be built immediately opposite the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, where it is expected to win strong trade from leisure users and students.
Customers will also be drawn from nearly 300 new homes to be built at Phoenix Park, close to the site, and from across the wider area.
Marston’s is a famous English regional brewing name and besides what’s reckoned will be an above-average food offer, the family-friendly venue will offer a selection of the firm’s quality beers.
The pub will be a lynchpin of wider regeneration plans, which are expected to create 12,000 jobs and attract more than £1.2 billion of private sector investment over the next 15 to 20 years.
Ravenscraig Ltd - a joint venture company comprising Wilson Bowden Developments, Tata Steel and Scottish Enterprise - sealed the deal to bring Marston’s to Ravenscraig last year.
Wilson Bowden Developments managing director Nick Richardson said: “It is tremendously heartening to see the milestones surrounding the creation of new community facilities like this family pub being reached.
“Having a respected operator like Marston’s pledge its future to Ravenscraig demonstrates the regeneration of Ravenscraig continues and underlines our commitment to creating a location where people will want to work, live and visit.”
Marston’s acquisitions manager Adrian Blackburn said: “This is part of our on-going strategy to build and open upwards of 25 new family pub restaurants across the UK every year, and a growing proportion of these will be in Scotland.”