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Popular Stirling hotel up for lease.

Byline: WARREN HARDIE

A four-star hotel and restaurant in Stirling's Upper Craigs is on the market for lease.

Cook's had closed its doors last month after almost five years trading at the former bank premises.

As of January, the hotel was still accepting reservations, however their website now states that "Cook's Hospitality Ltd has ceased trading".

The seven-bedroom hotel, which sits just off the Craigs roundabout, was owned by veteran chef Paul Cook.

Mr Cook sold his shares in March 2018, which saw the lease transferred to new operators who then pulled out of the hotel earlier this year.

The building is now up for lease as a hotel, under its current owners who took over the building from Mr Cook last March.

Mr Cook had previously worked at a number of eateries, including Stirling Highland Hotel, before setting up his own establishment in the city.

He had also worked at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, and had a seven-year spell as a group chef in Ayrshire.

After working in Grangemouth with Cook's Bar and Kitchen, Mr Cook purchased the Stirling property in 2014.

The site in Upper Craigs has changed hands a number of times over the last decade, having previously been home to Adamo Stirling, which closed its doors in 2014.

Mr Cook had taken over the lease from Snowie Solutions after its owner, Euan Snowie, was found to have debts of more than PS12 million.

The information was revealed in a report in 2017, prepared by joint administrators appointed to handle the affairs of Snowie Solutions.

Entrepreneur Euan Snowie was director of the company, whose portfolio also included the Adamo in Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, as well as the Ardeonaig Hotel near Killin.

Formerly Osta, the Upper Craigs hotel was snapped up by Mr Snowie in 2008 just three weeks after going on the market with a PS2 million price tag.

Osta made headlines in 2007 when almost 250 council workers fell ill after their Christmas dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

The site, also known as Craigs House, was converted into a hotel in 2006 by thenowners Morris Inns.

Previously a Bank of Scotland premises, the site is a B-rated building and permission had to be granted by Historic Scotland for the conversion works. It had also previously been a nightclub in the past.

Consultancy firm Graham + Sibbald says that they've had an "exceptional response rate so far" and expect to see a new leasee in the near future.

Cook's are encouraging those concerned about refunds of deposits to email them at info@cooksofstirling.co.uk

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Date:Feb 8, 2019
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