TWO new food outlets have been granted licences to sell alcohol from Scottish Borders Council’s licensing board.

Members of the board have approved provisional premises licences for the Bella Sicily restaurant at 12 Canongate in Jedburgh and Scrummy & Scrumpy at 29 High Street in Hawick.

Bella Sicily is a recently opened restaurant located at a ground floor terraced premises in Jedburgh town centre, comprising of lower and upper seating areas, kitchen, toilet facilities and storage areas. 

The proposal is to sell alcohol to complement the restaurant facility, “with alcohol served generally, but not exclusively as an accompaniment to food, as well as being offered as an off sale to accompany takeaway and delivery food orders”.

Another new outlet, Scrummy & Scrumpy, is a small ground floor retail unit situated in Hawick town centre.

The premises consists of a main shop area and backroom storage. The proposal is to sell alcohol an off-sales basis, along with food produce from around the UK and home-baked cakes.

No objections to either application were received from the council’s licensing department or Police Scotland.