The owners of a St Andrews pub have been told their beer garden’s opening hours can be extended.
The West Port Hotel, on South Street, run by Signature Pubs, was granted a licence to extend the hours of its beer garden from 6pm to 9pm, and nearly double its capacity from 32-60.
Fife’s licensing board also granted permission for an outdoor seating area at the front of the premises. But the licence application was unpopular and attracted 15 objections.
Objector Angus Mackenzie said the existing hours had balanced the needs of residents and the business.
He said the noise from the beer garden had made it “difficult to sit outside on a nice day” but currently residents can “sit outside in peace and quiet” by 6pm.
Signature Pubs, which acquired the venue in 2016, had initially sought a licence to open the beer garden until 10pm.
Caroline Loudon, from TLT Solicitors, representing Signature Pubs, said: “We would be happy to consider a clear down at 8.30pm, with the beer garden completely empty by 9pm. We would like to have a chance to prove we can operate this.”
Board members granted the request on the basis that the beer garden would be closed at 9pm.