Abernethy, Aberargie and Dron News

Last date for submissions

31st October 2022

Date of publication

1st December 2022


It was with real shock and a deep sense of sadness we learned of the death of Brian Johnston.

A little over 20 years ago Brian and Rachel made the short journey north from Kinross to take over the Cree’s Inn. Together they transformed the pub into a popular drinking and eating establishment, ultimately recognised for its quality with a series of awards. It didn’t all just happen by chance; Brian’s experience of the pub trade came from working for many years in his father’s pub ‘The Muirs’ in Kinross. Coupled with a passion for DIY, Brian radically changed the internal fit out of the pub transforming it into a haven for real ale drinkers.

The Cree’s however means much more to the community than just a pub and restaurant. It is a focal point; a place where community meetings convene, friends meet and parties are held. Brian and Rachel generously offered the Cree’s for this purpose. Brian was always there to meet and greet everyone who came in, he believed wholeheartedly in the importance of community. Generosity was extended to the many members of staff over the years who talk fondly of their big boss. In addition let’s not forget the numerous fund raisers either in support of the local community or local charities.

We will all have memories of stories told and times shared in the Cree’s with Brian; his loss to the community is deeply felt.

Tommy Cree may have given the Inn its name; however Brian Johnston our big gentle giant of a Landlord will be as synonymous with the Cree’s as his predecessor.

Our deepest condolences to Rachel, Josh and Jody and the wider family, we feel your loss deeply.

In Abernethy, a pub called the Crees

Food, drink and laughter, it was the bees knees

At the helm, Brian Johnston, the Gentle Giant

Highly regarded by many, his great sense of humour

You could not laugh, that wasn’t a rumour

If he caught you he’d say hey stop enjoying yourself

He’d turn around and chuckle to himself

A community meeting place for gatherings and quizzes

Always happy to accommodate everyones wishes

Over the years, many barmaids were handy

But Brian insisted HE was the eye candy!