Fire-ravaged inn set to be given a new lease of life

Kingarroch Inn fire damage.
Kingarroch Inn fire damage.

The owner of an historic north east Fife inn devastated by fire earlier this year has taken the first steps towards its restoration.

Brian Coghill has lodged a planning application with Fife Council for permission to re-instate the restaurant and bar at the Kingarroch Inn in Craigrothie, which were virtually destroyed by the blaze in April.

Listed building consent is also sought for the work.

It’s intended to restore the original features of the former coaching inn, which dates back to the 18th century.

Mr Coghill, who also owns Meldrums in Ceres, vowed that the Kingarroch would re-open following the fire, which ripped through the premises on the afternoon of Sunday, April 13.

Around 40 firefighters tackled the blaze and at the height of the incident, eight fire engines, an incident command unit and an aerial ladder platform were in attendance.

However, thankfully no-one was injured and no-one had to be evacuated.

The applications are likely to be considered by Fife Council’s planning officials.