SELKIRK is on its way to becoming a foodie haven after a local distillery announced its plans to expand and take over a famous location.

The Courthouse Coffee Shop, at 28 Market Place, closed late last year and has remained vacant since.

But now the site has officially been taken over by Selkirk Distillers.

Announcing the news last week, the distillery – which has its shop front in High Street – shared that the former coffee shop would be transformed into Tibbie’s.

Named after Isabella ‘Tibbie’ Tamson – the restaurant will specialise in cheese and charcuterie boards, savoury nibbles, sweet treats, teas and coffees.

And it will also be a gin, whisky and wine bar, featuring Selkirk Distillers’ award-winning gins.

Sharing to social media, the business said: “Cheese boards, superb quality charcuterie, olives, nuts, crackers, cakes, tea and coffee and of course the best gin/whisky/wine bar in the Scottish Borders – our plans are ambitious.

“We will be sourcing the ingredients from the most wonderful local suppliers

“Tibbie’s will be a place to share, it will be a family friendly restaurant filled with good food, music, story telling, history, tastings and special events.”

Tibbie’s is set to open on Thursday, December 7 and from then will be open Thursday to Sunday from 2-10pm.

The owners also thanked the Borders community for their support of their new venture.

They added: “The response to our post about Tibbie’s was just phenomenal.

“Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and messages.

“We have people wishing to book tables already which is wonderful

“We will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

“We will soon have a phone number for those who wish to make a booking but you can also message us via Facebook to enquire about all things Tibbie’s including bookings, menu etc.”

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