Restaurant bosses bank on success with a high quality new eatery in Peebles

Restaurant bosses aim to gain credit from planners with a bid to convert a former Peebles bank into an upmarket new eatery.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 8:50 am
The former TSB Bank at 78 High Street in Peebles.

Plans have been submitted by Peebles-based Sava Estates to Scottish Borders Council to change the use of the vacant TSB building in the town’s high street to form a restaurant and takeaway.

A supporting report supplied by the applicant’s agents, Glasgow-based Bennett Developments and Consulting, says the property has been vacant for some time and was ‘unremarkable’ in comparison to some of the attractive and historical buildings nearby.

The report adds: “The proposed development will see this vacant property converted into a quality restaurant. Access will continue via the existing front doors directly off of the high street and will open into the main restaurant area.

"At the rear of the restaurant will be a bar/servery where customers can enjoy a drink while waiting to be seated in the restaurant.”

It is anticipated that the operating hours will be Sunday to Thursday 10am to 11pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to midnight.

The agents also say that a “state of the art” extraction system would be installed, adding: “The proposed development will see a vacant property recycled to provide a new wining and dining experience.”

It was announced in October last year that the Hawick, Kelso and Peebles branches of the TSB were among 164 outlets to close as part of a three-year strategy which began in November, 2019.

Both the Peebles and Kelso banks had been closed since the first lockdown in March of last year.