A PEEBLESSHIRE café is set to shut ahead of a High Street relocation.

Nashy’s Coffee House, at the Old Station building at Cardrona, is to close and undergo an image change as a hot and cold food takeaway at the current Inner Beauty premises at 55A High Street in Innerleithen.

Café owner Chris Nash has been granted planning approval by Scottish Borders Council to relocate.

Chris has been trading for the last six years and the outlet has proved a hit with locals, cyclists and walkers.

But the last couple years have proved difficult, due not only to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic but also because of the fallout from a nearby housing development –  with dust from it and parking restrictions driving customers away.

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Now he’s hoping the relocation will give the business, which would be takeaway-only and trade from the early morning to mid-afternoon, a fresh start.

Chris said: “We’ve been here six years but we’ve had the building site and then COVID and I’ve had enough. At Innerleithen we would open early and close early and I think it will be a lot better for me.

“Basically it will be the same business, just a takeaway version. Now and again I’ve bumped into bikers in Innerleithen and they have said, ‘Where can we get something to eat?’ between half seven and half nine on a Saturday or Sunday morning and there are few options for them. I think I can pop in there and take advantage of that.”

Chris will be taking his three current staff to the new premises and may even need to take on another worker.

He added: “I have got another food outlet lined up to move into Nashy’s.”

Scottish Borders Council lead planning officer Carlos Clarke granted the application subject to conditions, which included the takeaway only operating between 7am and 3pm in order to “limit potential effects on neighbouring amenity”.