Kirkcaldy hotel bosses “did a runner”

Strathearn Hotel
Strathearn Hotel

Bosses of a Kirkcaldy hotel who did a “runner” at the weekend have left angry staff and customers out-of-pocket.

The Strathearn Hotel on Wishart Place abruptly closed its doors to the public at the weekend, with just a few hours’ notice given to shocked staff.

The Press understands leaseholders, Stephen Stewart and Tina Syme - who took over the business in April 2014 - were last seen in the hotel on Sunday.

A source reports that a customer put down a deposit for a wedding booking that same afternoon.

Another bride-to-be, who had recently paid in full for a wedding reception at the hotel, was contacted by hotel owners Bruce Taverns on Monday to say management had “done a runner” and the hotel was closed.

Disappointed customers are due to meet with representatives from Bruce Taverns tomorrow (Friday).

The Press understands the hotel’s team of employees dwindled from around 10 people to three over the past year.

Former staff who contacted the Press report management failed to pay them wages on time and in full and said they were still owed money.

Reacting to news of the hotel’s closure on social media, Ross Livington said: “No big surprise. I drove into the car park a few weeks back. Rubble and weeds. Garden untended. Paint flaking. Took a couple photos for sentimental reasons and left. Sorry looking broken hotel. Shame.”

Nancy Mitchell added: “Well there’s a surprise - we turned up for my birthday lunch in December, having booked in advance, only to be told that there was no chef on a Monday! 45 years of family weddings and many happy memories. Hope somebody takes it on and restores it to its former glory.”

The Press has attempted to contact Tina Syme and Stephen Stewart but with no success.

A spokesperson for Bruce Taverns was unavailable for comment.

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