Martin Young joined forces with Punch Taverns to transform the former Ythan Hotel in Newburgh near Ellon.
The Newburgh Inn was due to reopen as this section of SLTN went to press following the three-month, six-figure refurbishment.
Young, who also operates the Mains of Scotstown Inn and the White Cockade in Aberdeen, said the property has been completely transformed with a “stylish new décor and facilities”.
The restaurant has been extended and a new food offer, featuring “traditional pub classics and some innovative twists on regional favourites” made using locally-sourced ingredients, has been introduced.
The eleven letting rooms have been refurbished in a style that’s said to complement the theme of the inn.
Young said the hotel “looks fantastic”.
“I can’t believe the transformation,” he said.
“We want to maximise the hotel’s prime location by offering good food and drink in comfortable surroundings for local residents as well as stylish accommodation for visiting business travellers, tourists and golfers.
“The investment will allow us to strengthen our food offer and cater for families, whilst bringing the hotel back to life for the community to enjoy.
“My vision is for the Newburgh to be eco-friendly and sustainable, we are supporting the local community, sourcing produce locally and working with nearby businesses.”
Punch Taverns’ senior partnership development manager for Scotland, Gavin Stevenson, said: “It’s great that Punch can invest in our pubs and we have now repositioned the Newburgh as one of the area’s leading venues to provide great accommodation, a quality drinks range, and destination dining for residents and visitors to Newburgh and the surrounding areas of Aberdeen.
“Everyone is really pleased with the transformation.”