Star Pubs & Bars has started work on a £490K refurbishment of The Welcome Inn on Rannoch Road in Letham, Perth, and local resident, experienced licensee and chef Debbie Little, is taking on the pub.
The redevelopment is expected to take 14 weeks, scheduled to reopen in the second half of November.
The project will extend the front of the pub, paint the building and add new signage and lighting. A sheltered café-style terrace will be created to the side with seating for more than 50. Inside, the bar’s being extended and a kitchen installed.
Said Debbie, “I’ve always wanted a pub of my own and I’m excited The Welcome Inn will be my first – it’s got so much potential. With no other pub within a mile and half, Letham has been crying out for a great local that’s a hub of the community. My aim is to fill that gap. The plans are fantastic and will provide the kind of quality people have had to go into Perth to find on their doorsteps. The Welcome Inn will be like a new pub when it reopens and cater for everyone and all occasions – whether it’s morning coffee, a family lunch or a brilliant night out.”
Star Pub & Bars operations director for Scotland, Brian Davidson, added, “Debbie has a terrific track record and we’re delighted to be joining forces with her to broaden The Welcome Inn’s appeal and give it a new direction and lease of life. We’re refurbishing everything, and no part of the pub will remain untouched.
“We’re investing over £4 million this year in pubs across Scotland like The Welcome Inn to help them keep pace with peoples’ changing needs and expectations so that they can thrive for the long term.”