The sale of a vacant Largs pub has been confirmed - with the site set to be turned into a restaurant. 

The Waterside Bar closed down earlier this summer following the retirement of long-time owner Brian Purdie. 

Brian had previously told the News that a sale of the venue to a Thai restaurant business was in the works. 

Property company Bruce & Co has now confirmed the news that the venue, which traded throughout the year and had a strong customer base, has been sold.

A spokesperson said: "The business came to the market after the previous owner decided to retire.

"Stephen Croft, sales negotiator for Bruce & Co, found a keen buyer in an existing operator who aimed to transform the bar into a restaurant.

"The buyer was initially attracted to The Waterside Bar because of its ideal location and good size for conversion."

Stephen said: “I was very pleased that our client completed the sale of his business and that he was able to retire.

"The buyer has started refit works immediately on completion and is keen to set up his new venture. I wish him well for the future.”

Under Brian's 15-year stewardship, the Waterside became well known for its live music offering and provided a home for a live Scottish traditional music session - 'Stoddy's Session' on the last Sunday of every month.

Prior to closing Brian, aged 77, told the News that he quietly closed up following a last weekend of music on April 21.

He said: “I had made my mind up that I was just going to quietly close.

"I have been made a good offer for the place to be turned into a Thai restaurant, and they already have a place down in Ayr, so it will be something new for Largs.

"They have already been very successful, and I sure it will be successful in Largs too."