A popular Linlithgow pub is in the midst of a transformation.
The’ Auld Hole i’ th’ Wa next to the former Journal and Gazette office is in the throes of a massive refit.
Builders are in the premises this week and are taking the historic pub back to the bare walls in preparation for a complete refit with the premises poised to relaunch as a bar/restaurant in early November.
Owned by the Belhaven Brewery until fairly recently, the previous tenant, Chris Aitken, is understood to have given up his interest in the premises.
Licensing body West Lothian Council confirmed this week that the pub is now owned by Hilditch Inns (Linlithgow) Ltd.
A spokesman for the Hilditch family told the Journal and Gazette: ‘‘We bought the pub freehold from Belhaven in 2012 and the existing leaseholder remained in place until recently but has now given up his tenancy.
‘‘We are in the middle of extensive refurbishment and will be installing new windows virtually to ground level and removing the internal pillars to open up the interior.
‘‘There will be a new kitchen and we are about to recruit an entirely new staff team in full-time and part-time positions. Around 12 jobs will be created.’’
A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed there had been a number of incidents in recent weeks which had seen police officers attend the premises and which led to closure.