Peebles Hydro in the saddle at Peel Café

The lease to run the Peel Café at mountain bike haven Glentress has been won by the nearby Peebles Hydro Hotel.

The café forms part of the popular Glentress forest and is owned by the Forest Enterprise Scotland, an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland.

With 300,000 people coming through Glentress each year – using the extensive mountain biking and walking routes, enjoying the thrill of adventure experience Go Ape, or visiting the Alpine Bikes shop – Peel Café is a favourite pitstop for meals and snacks, ice creams, or beverages.

The café, with its superb outlook, is open every day except Christmas Day.

Patrick Diack, general manager at Peebles Hydro said: “Peel Café was an important addition to our existing hotels in the town, as we know so many of our customers are coming to the area to explore the magnificent beauty of Peebles and the surrounding area.

“We are able to supply fresh cakes and snacks directly from our own bakery at The Park on the High Street.

“I am looking forward to being able to offer more than just a café, and we will be taking bookings for private events in the evening, as well as our own program of exciting activities, starting with our Santa’s Grotto this Christmas.”

A spokesperson for Forest Enterprise Scotland said: “Peebles Hydro won the lease for Peel Café after going through a competitive tendering process.

“We were attracted to their passion for the local area, and the synergy between the current businesses and Peel Café.

“We are looking forward to growing our links with Patrick and his team.”