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Cromarty's Royal Hotel set to close for 10 days amid latest coronavirus restrictions; Black Isle operator thanks loyal customers for 'incredible support' post-lockdown


By Hector MacKenzie

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The Royal Hotel in Cromarty will close from Thursday for 10 days in response to the latest Covid-19 clampdown measures.
The Royal Hotel in Cromarty will close from Thursday for 10 days in response to the latest Covid-19 clampdown measures.

A BLACK Isle hotel owner will close from Thursday next week for a period of 10 days following the latest coronavirus restrictions.

Jenny Henderson of the Royal Hotel in Cromarty has also paid heartfelt thanks to loyal customers for the "incredible support" since reopening in July after the Covid-19 lockdown which has provided many in the hospitality trade their biggest challenge in living memory.

She said: "Despite following all the rules and making significant changes to how we do things at the Royal, the hospitality trade faces yet more restrictions and sadly that means we will close from Thursday, October 15 for 10 days, re-opening (hopefully!) on Monday, October 25."

The new restrictions mean alcohol can't be served inside and that unless anyone is staying at the hotel, they are not allowed in after 6pm.

The hotel says that up to and including Wednesday, October 14 it will open at 11am. It will have food served inside – and for takeaway – between noon and 4pm.

It will also run a takeaway operation from 5pm until 8pm during this period.

Ms Henderson said on the hotel's Facebook page: "We've had an incredible amount of support since reopening in July - whether you've joined us for a staycation, food, drinks, picked up a takeaway coffee or just liked our posts on social media. Thank you, it has been really appreciated. I'm especially honoured that so many of you chose the Royal for your first post-lockdown meal out. Thank you."

Related: Plough Inn in Rosemarkie announces temporary closure in response to Covid-19 restrictions

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