A FORMER Black Watch soldier is at your service as he and his partner open a new cafe in Cowdenbeath.

Engaged couple Gary Spence and Lesley Hamilton recently opened the doors of Forty Twa Cafe on High Street for the first time.

Replacing the former Coral bookmakers, the premises has transitioned from taking bets to taking food orders.

Gary, 40, and Lesley, 26, took over early this year and have painstakingly been working away on the inside of the shop.

With Mark Barlow and Tracey Johnston by their side, the cafe is now open for business.

"It was stripped back to the bones and has had a complete refurbishment," Gary told the Times.

"It's been difficult, but it's been worth it as we've done everything with our own hands. We were there day and night getting the place ready, and it really feels ours because of that."

The new cafe has plenty of space to dine with enough room for 33 people.

Among the first to try out the new offering were Black Watch veterans, with Gary himself having served for 12 years.

The cafe's name is a nod to his past, but it is the future that is exciting both Gary and Lesley the most.

"We received an astronomical response on Facebook ahead of our opening," Gary remarked.

"We want people to come in here to have some great food and a laugh as well.

"We've got a range of teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes, and a wide variety of hot food options.

"And if there's something you like that isn't on the menu, just ask us and we'll do our best.

"We conducted our research before opening and we want to make a real success of this.

"We've made drastic changes to the place and we can't wait to welcome everyone into the cafe."

The cafe has a breakfast bar, a seating area, and tables for customers, as well as a 1920's piano for any keen musicians.

"If anyone knows how to play and entertain, come in and be our guest!", Gary said.

Visit Forty Twa Cafe on Facebook for more information.