The White Horse in Balmedie near Aberdeen has had a £250K make-over. The hotel, bar and restaurant owned by Euan Bain, now has a new-look reception, and stylish lounge and restaurant. It is the biggest upgrade the business has had in 30 years.
The revamp has kept a traditional outlook but embraced a modern décor. The bar has been extended and the lounge and dining area have been opened up to allow more natural light, with the views from the bar and restaurant a real draw.
Euan Bain told DRAM, “The refurbishment is done in three phases. We have completed the first phase with the general public areas and I am really chuffed with them. Next we will be doing the externals and the garden and kid’s play area, with the bedrooms phase three. Michael Dunn and Carol-Anne and the team at DBD have done a fab job.”
He continues, “We opened the first week in December and we definitely traded up, but what I find most encouraging is the face that we are up 30% on last year’s January figures. We’ve also put in a good chef and a new management team.”
Euan is concentrating on the White Horse, having come out of his partnership with Vinnie Roarty and Sean Cairnduff. They continue to run Glasgow’s Strata, Church on the Hill and White Elephant. Euan says, ‘I am concentrating on the White Horse, but I’m definitely still acquisitive.”