Normal service to resume at Hawick Hotel as owners unveil plans

THE new owners of a popular Borders hotel have revealed their plans ahead of its imminent reopening after a five-year hiatus.

The Elm House Hotel at 17 North Bridge Street, Hawick, is due to reopen in a few weeks.

The premises were recently bought by Katherine Orton and Ferne King who intend to bring it back to life.

Plans include a family bar and restaurant open to the public with an affordable buffet-style rotisserie.

The premises will welcome dogs and will also specialize in organizing bespoke funeral wakes, baby gender reveal parties and other functions.

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Ferne said: “We bought the premises together. Katherine has been in the business for five years. She started in the hotel business when she was 16 and worked at the Hotel Schloss Roxburghe, she was a supervisor there and my dad owns a guesthouse just up the road.

“The hotel was closed to the public for a long time but it was booming. I used to work here when I was 15 and we basically went there.

“We are looking to open within a month to two months, depending on how long it takes to get the license, but we are also taking reservations for revivals now and we have a grand opening event outside this Friday. .

“The reaction we’ve had so far has been really positive. I think the Elm had quite a fan following when it was open and I think everyone is delighted that it’s back.

The Elm House was built in 1880 and has 16 en suite bedrooms, plus a spacious bar/lounge and formal dining room.

The owners are currently looking for a trainee chef aged 16-18 and also plan to offer work experience once the venue is up and running.

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