Deeside Inn ready to re-open following FM announcement
The Deeside Inn in Banchory is looking forward to welcoming customers once again following the announcement last week about the opening of tourism accommodation in Scotland.
Indoor hospitality including pubs, restaurants and wedding venues will still face some restrictions. Cafes and restaurants will be able to open outdoors until 10pm from April 26 and sell alcohol.
However, indoor hospitality can only open until 8pm, alcohol will not be allowed and people must meet in groups of up to four people from two households.
Crerar Hotels Group, which owns the Inn, has welcomed the announcement.
CEO Chris Wayne-Wills said: “This is the news that so many of us in the hospitality industry have been waiting for.
"We now have an opening date of 26 April to work towards along with easing of travel restrictions that will allow Scots to venture further afield and enjoy a long-awaited taste of freedom. This has been a most challenging period in history for our industry as a whole, so being able to open our doors ahead of the summer season will give the sector a much-needed boost.
"Our teams have been preparing to re-open for months, and we have been investing heavily in our hotels to ensure we are well-placed to play our part in breathing life back into Scottish tourism.
“With seven idyllic locations, and a clear commitment to guest safety – including our Crerar Cleanliness Commitment – we cannot wait to open our door to allow guests to choose what they want in their lives this summer, from boat trips to view the seals and dolphins on the west coast, to discovering castles on the east coast.
"Our recently launched ‘I Choose’ programme lets our guests choose their own adventure.”
“Last year when we briefly re-opened between lockdown periods, we safely sold tens of thousands of rooms and welcomed many more guests, and just days ago announced a 106 per cent increase in bookings taken during February – before there was any hint of a re-opening date for tourism. We now fully expect an even bigger spike in enquiries and bookings following the First Minister’s announcement, as people are hungry to make new memories with family and friends, and to travel again.”