ONE of Greenock's oldest pubs is back in business.

The Carnock Bar has reopened after being closed for six months.

Last orders were called in June last year and the shutters remained down until December.

The pub, just behind Greenock Fire Station, reopened between Christmas and Hogmanay.

The owner had initially been looking for someone to take over the lease following the departure of the previous tenant but has now recruited a manager to run the business on their behalf.

The reopening comes after the recent closures of the Thistle Bar in Lynedoch Street, which is now up for sale, and the Argyll & Sutherland, which is due to open back up again in March after a £150,000 refurbishment.

While the decision to pull up the shutters of the Carnock was already on the cards, it is understood the owner was keen to fill a gap in that area of the town after time was called on the Thistle.

The Lynedoch Street bar is now on the market for offers in the region of £69,000.

It closed on December 16 after the tenants chose to move on having overseen a transformation in fortunes following a makeover and name change.

The pub is being marketed by BestMove in Greenock, part of Blair & Bryden, and Gourock-based Rebecchi Lettings.

Meanwhile, the owners of the Argyll & Sutherland are hopeful the Bruce Street bar will be back up and running by March having closed in September.

Punch Taverns is spending £150k transforming the interior of the premises as it seeks a new tenant to let out the pub and restaurant.