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Milestone week for old inn

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By Christie Breen
Milestone week for old inn

‘IMPRESSIVE and welcomed’ work is set to begin on the historic Crook Inn this week.

The inn – owned by the Tweedsmuir Community Company (TCC)- will enter the next phase of its transformation which will include building a 16-bed bunkhouse and associated facilities, which would, in addition, serve guest accommodation pods proposed for the grounds.

Previous work on the site saw the transformation of the former stables into ‘The Wee Crook’ cafe and licensed bistro. The work on the old inn has been funded by successful bids to the UK Government Levelling Up funding scheme.

MP for Dumfriesshire and Tweeddale David Mundell visited the historic Crook Inn next to the A701, 16 miles north of Moffat, to discuss the ambitious plans for the site.

He paid tribute to the TCC board members and other volunteers involved in the ambitious projects, including work on the grounds and gardens, some located on the other side of the A701, a designated tourist route to Edinburgh.

The MP said: “The Crook Inn has been an iconic building, with a lot of potential, known by generations locally and regular users of the road. Many, like myself, were sad to see the building fall into disrepair but relieved when the community-driven buy-out provided a route to keep it available for public use, possibly providing employment.

“I fully support the Crook Inn application for UK Levelling Up funding and I’m ready to work with Scottish Borders Council and Destination Tweed in putting forward what is a strong case.”