The recent news that the Star & Garter is for sale came as a surprise to me. So I sought out Ross Wilkie – who was instrumental with his business partner David Kennedy in the pub’s rapid & brilliantly executed regeneration – and asked him about it.
Having got to know Ross a little in the years following the restoration he explained that he’s firstly looking to have a rest from his exertions as landlord, and secondly to redeploy his development skills and capital investment in other local projects, while letting new owners take this lovely historic hostelry to the next level.
Now, while I cannot speak for Ross and David, I believe that were the Star & Garter to pass into Linlithgow community ownership in a way that ensures they receive as good (or better) return on their investment as a conventionally funded sale, then they would be well pleased.
So I propose to bring the Star & Garter Trust out of a three year hibernation, and explore the feasibility of a community buy out….with all options on the table.
Watch this space.