An Edinburgh pub will mark its return to business today almost seven weeks after a fire scorched its kitchen.
Owners of The Ox, Joanna Mckinlay and her partner Chris Peuley, have a special Sunday roast planned today to celebrate the re-opening.
The London Street pub was forced to close just days ahead of its first birthday after an electrical fire left its kitchen condemned.
Forced to remain closed throughout the entire month of August, when the population in Edinburgh doubles in size, the owners have had to stand by while repairs to the kitchen and pub were carried out and the insurance process followed.
“It has been a really slow process,” Joanna said.
“Everything got stripped out and everything is brand new.
“It looks really fresh and the whole place smells nice again. There's no burnt singed smell anymore.
“We have nice new wooden floors and the whole place has been painted.”
As well as the repairs and refurbishment, The Ox owners have also added new dishes to their menu, a new children’s menu and plans to have a specials menu too.
“We have pigeon, ham hock terrine, grilled sardines,” Joanna said. “And we will still do our really good fish and chips and burgers and our signature dish which is the ox cheek.”
The Ox will be open between 12.30pm and 6pm on August 6 for the special Sunday roast return before reverting to normal service again on August 7.
A delayed first birthday bash is now being planned for September, with Joanna hopeful that locals and well-wishers will join them in helping to bounce back after a difficult spell.
“We have had lots of nice support and messages on our Facebook page,” she said.
“There have still been lots of people trying to book tables throughout the festival. It was hard to say really ‘sorry, we are closed’ and not knowing when we were going to be open again.
“It would be nice to get some support to help us get back up and running again -we couldn't do it without the customers.”