Hotel’s trade is ale and hearty but is its future?

West Port Hotel
West Port Hotel

The West Port Hotel still faces an uncertain future, several weeks after its parent company went into administration.

The pub is part of the portfolio of Maclay Inns Ltd – the trading arm of Maclay Group Plc. It has been operating in Scotland since 1830.

On January 23, the firm announced that it had appointed Ernst and Young as administrators after it was hit with an “unexpected funding requirement”.

In a statement at the time, Maclay Group Plc said: “In recent months the directors have been seeking a strategic solution to the financial pressures facing the business.

“In light of a solution not emerging in the time available, the directors took this decision in order to protect the employment of its 500 staff and the business, which remains profitable.”

Two property investment firms, for which Maclay ran pubs, have since claimed they are owed around £480,000.

They alleged that Maclay Group made numerous accounting errors, including overstating its income.

Administrators are creating a list of creditors to establish Maclay’s position.

A spokesman for administrators Ernst and Young said they were “confident” that a suitable buyer would take over.

He added: “We had a number of expressions of interest in Maclays in the days immediately after the administration was announced and that figure has grown since.

“All of our pubs, including the West Port, continue to trade very well.”

Whether staff currently employed at the West Port are able to continue in their jobs will be at the discretion of the new management/

However, Ernst and Young aims to ensure a “seamless” transition.