PLANS to build a restaurant extension onto a Melrose hotel have been unveiled.

Owners Punch Taverns want to create a bespoke dining area in the courtyard area behind the historic King's Arms.

The 19th century coaching inn is currently closed for refurbishment.

And the pub chain hope to be allowed to add on the single-storey extension next year.

It is understood the eight-bedroom inn has been operating on Melrose High Street since 1849.

Scottish Borders Council's planning department will consider the Listed Building Consent application over the coming months.