A NEW landlord could be in place at one of Inverclyde's oldest pubs within weeks.

The owners of the Carnock Bar are seeking someone to take over the reins after last orders were called recently.

Talks are ongoing with several interested parties and a new tenant could take over in as little as a fortnight's time.

Letting agent Marco Rebecchi, of Rebecchi Lettings in Gourock, says there have been 'seven or eight' enquiries and he confident the pub will re-open sooner rather than later.

He said: "I'm hoping that with the amount of interest someone will have had a think about it and will want to go ahead.

"We haven't put a sign up yet but we've had a fair bit of interest - about seven or eight expressions of interest.

"We're hoping to have someone in place within the next two to three weeks."

The pub, just behind Greenock Fire Station, is around 900 square-feet in size and is available to rent for £200 a week.

It is billed as a 'fantastic opportunity to run your own pub'.

Mr Rebecchi believes there is scope to expand the business.

He said: "You only need to look at what's happened with the transformation of The Thistle Bar in Lynedoch Street.

"The Carnock is one of the last traditional pubs in that area, a working man's type pub if you like.

"People are looking at it positively and suggesting things like maybe introducing a food aspect and tying in with Morton supporters and offering promotions to them.

"We have a good mix of people interested - younger and older - and now we're going through the list to see who wants to come back to the table for discussions."