Popular networking and events venue the Garvock House Hotel is undergoing an extensive refurbishment to reveal a new-look banqueting suite and private dining.
The Dunfermline hotel, which was built some 200 years ago as a family home, is run by the Fernandes family which, this year, will celebrate 20 years of ownership.
As with many other Fife hospitality businesses, the Fernandes are keenly awaiting the launch of the new Queensferry Crossing, which could draw even more visitors to Scotland’s former historic capital, later this year.
Co-owner Pamela Fernandes, who runs the business with husband Rui, said: “We can’t believe the 20 years has gone by so quickly. We have worked really hard to get the business to this level with excellent reviews, a thriving wedding business and a restaurant which attracts great acclaim.
“We feel that it’s a good time to say to potential customers from outwith Fife to come to Dunfermline for a private dining experience or business stay, a change from bigger cities, where you can enjoy really good service and our renowned foodie expertise.”
The family is currently overseeing the refurbishment of its 150-seater Rosemalen Suite and choosing a new colour scheme and design in consultation with a local firm.
Pamela Fernandes said: “We are blessed with many character features in the hotel. The house is Georgian and was previously owned by a wealthy local family who founded the world famous Transy Stud. Hence, our main rooms were named after some of the Shetland ponies they owned.
“Over the years we have extended the house, but everything we do must always compliment the original architecture and nature of the building, and that goes for the decor too.
“In this, our 20th anniversary year, it’s exciting to be giving the Rosemalen Suite a new look which we hope our customers will love. It has served us well for parties, weddings and functions of all types.”
Moving forward, Garvock House Hotel is also looking at themed dining events including taster menus with the chef.
“Last year’s Year of Food and Drink in Scotland has inspired many businesses such as ours to develop foodie packages,” said Fernandes. “It’s a market that is here to stay.”