Eats & treats

Lots of our guests enjoy cooking at the Potting Shed and there is great local produce to enjoy. Borders butchers are second-to-none, and there are a number of great delis selling local cheeses and other goodies. And, on the 4th Saturday of every month, a Farmers’ Market is held in the nearby market town of Kelso.

During your stay, you could pop a casserole in the bottom oven of the Everhot and stride out for a walk while it cooks, or in summer, have a BBQ on the deck overlooking the river.

 

The Scottish Borders has a number of local breweries and distilleries, which you can visit. Why not try a pint of Foxy Blonde from the Born in the Borders Brewery or some Lilliard Gin?

However, if you don’t fancy cooking, there are lots of great places to eat nearby. These are a few of our favourites:

Born in the Borders, near Ancrum

A great spot for lunch with a constantly changing, imaginative menu to reflect the best of Borders produce. Crab salads from Eyemouth, Rarebit made with the onsite brewery beer and classics like Border lamb stovies are some of our favourites. You can buy the beer from the onsite brewery as well as other Borders’ food produce. Tel: 01835 830495

 

No.1 Peebles Road, Innerleithen

A firm favourite of ours. Great for breakfast if you are heading for walking or biking in Peebles, but lunches and tea and cake are equally good. Tel: 01896 830873

 

Ochiltree’s DiningVisitor’s Centre, Abbotsford House, near Melrose

Light seasonal lunches or indulgent afternoon teas with great views of Abbotsford House. Tel: 01896 863962 Dog-friendly on the outdoor balcony.

 

Old Melrose Tea Room and Bookshop, near Melrose

A great place for light lunches and afternoon tea. Lovely walks from here and a brilliant second-hand book shop and a good selection of antiques, local crafts and handcrafted furniture. We love walking from here to the summer house and enjoying some tea and cake on our return. Tel: 01835 824597. Dog friendly in the outside seating area.

 

The Hoebridge, Gattonside

 

This is our ‘go to’ place for celebrations and special treats. We love it! An imaginative, seasonal menu that changes every month enabling you to enjoy the freshest, local season produce available. The ambience is wonderful and staff friendly and attentive which all make for a spoiling evening. Tel: 01896 823082 

 

The Greenhouse Café, Melrose

Ideally situated in the centre of Melrose with views across to the Abbey. Good for morning coffee, lunch or a sticky cake for tea. Tel: 01896 800360 Dog-friendly.

 
The Mainstreet Trading Company Bookshop, Cafe and Deli, St Boswells

Gorgeous café with seasonal soups, light lunches and delicious homebaked cakes and scones. For my taste it serves the best coffee in the Borders. Pop into the deli to stock up on some great cheeses or other delicious goodies to take back to the Potting Shed. Tel: 01835 824087 Dog-friendly in the café and bookshop.

The Terrace Café, Floors Castle

The Terrace Café is a bright, comtemporary café, which also offers alfresco dining within the walled garden of Floors Castle. Dogs welcome on the terrace.

Treats

Bodywork Borders

Based in Earlston, Bodywork Borders is run by Dorthe who is passionate about massage and runs a busy and successful therapy practice. Highly recommended.

Cocoaecosse

Locally-produced chocolate made in the beautiful Scottish Borders with a creative French touch. Soft centres include single malt Scottish whisky ganache, Scottish raspberries, and homemade salted caramel and cinder toffee. Why not try their Kelso Gin Company truffle?

Cocoa Black

Cocoa Black's Chocolate & Pastry School in Peebles offers classes in patisserie and the art of choclate-making. Downstairs is a welcoming cafe and shop where you can buy an array of chocolates and delicacies.

Findra

Beautifully designed, fashion-led, performance-driven, outdoor wear specifically for women. Visit their gorgeous shop and design hub in Innerleithen.

Hawico

Hawico Scotland is one of the leading cashmere brands in the world, producing pullovers and knitted accessories for ladies, men and children. You can visit their shop in Kelso and their factory shop in Hawick where you can watch the manufacturing process.

 

Rutherfords Micro pub

Visit the smallest pub in Scotland, Rutherfords Micropub in Kelso - a small freehouse which serves cask ales, Scottish gins and whiskies. Dogs welcome..

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