Landlord sought for Forfar pub where ghosts pop in for the 'boos'

A pub chain is seeking a landlord with a head for spirits of a different type to take over a popular Forfar hostelry.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 3rd May 2022, 3:11pm
Landlord sought for Forfar pub where ghosts pop in for the 'boos'

Thought to be one of the most haunted pubs in Scotland and with a long-standing reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in Forfar, with countless ghost stories associated with it over the years, The Osnaburg Bar is currently vacant

It is believed a restless spirit haunts the pub with a propensity to spook people from the pub cellars, with several members of staff over the years reporting unexplainable activity.

Paranormal groups and societies have even visited the pub, with claims that they found strong evidence of ghostly activities.

Pub owner Greene King is now looking for a brave publican to move in and run the pub on a permanent basis.

The company has pointed out that the pub has the potential to be a thriving business and is one of – if not the best – known pubs in the town.

It is in great condition and ready for an entrepreneurial publican to move in and start serving up the spirits (of the alcoholic variety) as well as beer, cider and other drinks.

Away from its ghostly tales, The Osnaburg has a rich history.

Osnaburg Street, or The Pend, on which it stands was opened in 1783 as a direct thoroughfare between The Vennel and The Cross and is one of the oldest streets in Forfar

The pub was first established in 1835, but before then the building which houses it is believed to have been a weaver’s shop, playing a part in Forfar’s involvement in the textile industry.

The pub has the potential to be a thriving community local and successful pub business once more. So much so that Greene King is offering a discounted rent of just £75 per week for the first three months to help a new publican set up their business.

Billy Guthrie, Business Development Manager, 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.”

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