A village hostelry has reopened under new management.
The Punch Taverns pub chain has announced that Roy McIntosh is the new tenant of the eight-bedroom Clovenfords Country Inn which closed unexpectedly seven weeks ago.
Mr McIntosh, 47, who hails from Falkirk and is married to Theresa, worked for many years in the hospitality sector before launching a successful letting agency which he has just sold.
“This really is a long-held ambition,” he told The Southern after his first weekend at the helm.
“It was always my plan to get back into the hotel industry when our two sons grew up and I narrowly missed out when the lease for the Clovenfords Country Inn came up two years ago. I have always considered this a fantastic opportunity to create a real family-oriented facility with strong links to the community in this beautiful part of Scotland.
“My first task as the new tenant will be to re-establish the hotel’s reputation for food and quality of service.”
Mr McIntosh said he had been “greatly heartened” after his first weekend in charge when he sold more than 200 meals.
The reopening was welcomed by Councillor Gavin Logan (Tweeddale East) who lives in Clovenfords.
“I am absolutely delighted that the hotel, which is a real community hub, is back in business.
“I’m sure I speak for the whole village in wishing Mr McIntosh every success.”