Popular town hotel set to re-open soon

ARBROATH’s Cliffburn Hotel is currently undergoing a £100,000 refurbishment and the new owners say it could be completed in just three months.

Mohammed Naseem of Zain Properties bought the building last month and is now preparing to go into a lease arrangement with owner of the Spice Of Life takeaway, Bobby Din.

Each is to invest £50,000 into the revamp of the hotel to bring it up to date.

They plan on making a major transformation of the property with the ground floor being turned into a front and back bar layout.

Other plans include laying new flooring, fresh upholstery for the furniture and fittings and even a wood-burning stove for the bar.

Every bedroom will be redecorated with the function rooms each receiving an upgrade.

Mr Naseem said that they are currently undertaking a lot of work and they hope that they will be able to open fully in three months time.

He added that it will take at least 10 weeks to complete the re-wiring of the hotel and install the new fire alarm system.

He said: “Time will tell whether we can make a success of it. I am sure that we can.”

The hotel will be run by members of Mr Din’s family and he said that there is the potential for the hotel to create up to 10 jobs once it is fully operational.

He added that the downstairs bar could be open in as little as five weeks time.

He said: “It is something new for us and it is quite a big project so we are excited about it and I think there is a real market for something like this in Arbroath if it is done properly.”

The hotel has been used as a wedding and function venue for many years and the new owners hope that this will continue in the future.

There is also the potential for one of the large function rooms to become a buffet restaurant.

The seven-bedroom hotel had originally been placed on the market for £395,000 but the final sale price is unknown.