The Crook Inn, in the Tweed Valley, is the oldest licensed coaching inn in Scotland dating back some 400 years. The pub/hotel, which is situated on the A701 South of Edinburgh, has long been a meeting place for the rural community throughout the year as well as a stopping point for daytrippers from Edinburgh and shooting and fishing visitors mainly in the Summer months.
The hotel with its single bar and two restaurant areas, has not had much done to it in recent years, but that is part of its attraction for many. Locals claim the bar dates back to the 17th Century and you can see many art deco features throughout the building from a 1936 renovation.
In June 2006, the owner of the bar, James Doonan, called time and sought planning permission to convert the historic building into residential flats. His decision was met with fierce protest from locals who mounted a campaign to buy the inn under Scotland's Right To Buy legislation.