A GALASHIELS pub has reopened for business after its £138,000 refurbishment. 

The Clovenfords Hotel, owned by Roy McIntosh, has been closed for the last five weeks whilst the mammoth makeover took place.

Meanwhile, punters have been able to attend an inflatable pub which was erected in front of the property - customers could come in and sit on an inflatable couch, in front of the inflatable fire, and enjoy a nice glass of wine and a meal.

And last Friday, the official launch night of the new decked-out venue was enjoyed by local residents, councillors, and press, who were treated to a sampling of the buffet menu as well as some dazzling entertainment.

Joining the celebrations on the night was Tweeddale Councillor Gavin Logan, who said: “The Clovenfords is my local pub and I am very much looking forward to seeing the changes that have been made. 

“I know locals will agree when I say it will be a great place for the community and for tourists visiting the beautiful area. I wish Roy and his family the very best of luck for the future.”

The entire ground floor has been revamped with a brand new bar, seating, flooring, and furniture put in place.

And the first floor rooms and toilets have all been redecorated from floor to ceiling.

The outside area has also had a complete overhaul with new lighting and signage.

The reopening has also brought with it 11 new full and part time job opportunities, including that of Roy McIntosh’s 21-year-old son, Connor who has become assistant manager.

Roy, who has been in the pub trade since he was 16, said: “Connor and I are extremely excited about this new venture which we have started together. 

“I began my career in a hotel at 16 and have worked every job in the trade. I have knowledge of running my own business and we’re looking forward to bringing the local community a friendly hotel to enjoy quiz nights and entertainment throughout the week.”