FOR a year and a half the once thriving Chirnside Inn stood closed but now thanks to Tye Oleksy and Peter Self it is open for business once more.
The fact the former Waterloo Arms Hotel needed a lot doing to it did little to put off Tye and Peter when they first had a look around last year, “We fell in love with it straight away,” Tye told ‘The Berwickshire’.
The couple have been welcoming customers in since August last year but are still putting their own touches to the building itself and what it offers.
“Our main priority is the food we serve up,” Tye continued.
“Our policy is big plate fulls of traditional homecooked favourites and that seems to be going down well.
“We try to source as much food as we can from local producers. All our fish comes from Eyemouth and now more than ever it’s important for us that our meat comes from local farms.
“Our menu and specials board changes every week but we try and keep things like fish & chips, mixed grill and steak pie on all the time.”
As well as changing the menu, Tye and Peter have made a number of alterations to the interior of the pub, while maintaining its original character which appealed to them in the first instance.
“There was quite a bit to do to the pub itself,” Tye explained.
“We worked for three weeks solid to get everything done before we re-opened.
“Furniture needed to be replaced and there had been some flooding which caused quite a bit of damage.
“Peter’s an electrician by trade so running a pub is something completely new to him.
“My mum has a pub up in Fife which I ran for five years so I’ve got a bit of experience in the industry.
“The thing that struck us both about the area was its countryside feel and the pace of life here.”
Although Tye said that she and Peter were still finding their feet, they have got plans on how they can make their mark on Chirnside.
“We’re going to start having karaoke on Saturdays and we’ve had a few local acts in to play so far.
“We’re trying to get a feel for what music people like best.”
Tye said that with spring around the corner, she and Peter are hoping to attract both passing trade and local custom.
“We’ve had a great six months so far and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”