THERE’S a boost for Arbroath’s holiday trade with the news that Paula Batard, the Old Brewhouse, has gained permission from Angus Council to convert three upstairs rooms to high quality bed and breakfast accommodation.
Not only that, but Paula has now purchased the premises, which she has run for the past four years, from previous owners Punch Taverns.
She explained that she is planning to have the new letting rooms commissioned by Easter.
They will be finished to a high standard, and will, of course, all be en suite.
Paula told us: “The work will be done by local firms, and the style will be sympathetic to the old building.
All three of the rooms will overlook the sea, and the one at the southern gable will have two windows with sea views.
The move will mean extra employment opportunities.
Paula went on: “We’ve also made big changes in the Cabin Bar, which now has a wood-burning stove.
“The ‘beat the recession’ menu options in the Cabin are radically different from those on the menu in the main restaurant, and include snacky meals, bagels and the like.”
She is pleased that there is no longer an obligation to purchase bar stock through a pub-owning company, and relishes the fact that she now has a ‘free house’.
Just 30 years ago, the Brewhouse was an empty, derelict hulk, but under successive owners it is now a vibrant, go-ahead establishment.