Fife lockdown restrictions lifted: First pint poured at Markinch hotel

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The Laurel Bank Hotel in Markinch poured its first pint of beer this morning as lockdown restrictions ease allowing non-essential shops to open their doors to customers.

The hotel, which has been closed since last year, welcomed regulars back today serving ice cool drinks and other beverages after shutting its doors three months ago.

In order to adhere to Covid guidelines the Laurel Bank has created a extensive outdoor seating area with a marque to protect customers from the elements.

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Lee Murray, landlord, said: “The last few months have been horrific to say the least, but we are very happy and relieved to be open again.

Toasting with beer.Toasting with beer.
Toasting with beer.

"I took over as landlord at the Laurel Bank Hotel four weeks before the Covid pandemic struck – its been very tough.

"Since we opened our doors earlier today there has been a steady stream of customers coming in and we have loads of bookings – the weekend is looking very promising!”

Lee has been a landlord for over 20 years and has managed scores of pubs, clubs, and hotels across the Kingdom.

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"I started out as a landlord in 1999, and have managed establishments all over Fife ” he said. "All of our staff are happy to be back at work, there's a lot of smiles from them all.

"It might take a bit of time for everyone to get back into the swing of things, but we are all very enthusiastic and everyone is raring to go – we have a great team here.”

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