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A few of our favourite...Restaurants and Pubs

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

At Tiny Home Borders, you have the option to cook al fresco with ‘Greta’ the outdoor cooker, BBQ and Pizza Oven or indoors using the gas cooker. And with delicious Rule Water venison, lamb and beef all reared here on the farm and locally sourced breakfast packs you can eat very well indeed at your hillside retreat.

However, if you do fancy a little jaunt out to explore our lovely local pubs and eateries, we thought it would be useful to recommend some of our personal favourites with you.

Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells - The Blue Coo Bistrot and Bar

Dog friendly

Known for great Steaks, Burgers and Brunch

Very much a local Borders institution, the Blue Coo Bistrot and Bar has a field to fork ethos working with first class local suppliers and are passionate about using local produce and are 100 per cent behind supporting British agriculture. Always well known for their steaks and game and it would exceptionally rare if you didn’t see the likes of pigeon, roe venison, partridge, grouse or pheasant on the menu. Menus are changed often and sometimes daily to reflect what is in season.

The Ancrum Cross Keys Pub, Ancrum

Dog friendly

Known for proper pub grub, local beers and great company

The Ancrum Cross Keys Pub is filled with character and characters, fuelled by exceptional beer and a fantastic atmosphere. Perched on the banks of the Ale Water, with views across the beautiful Ancrum Village green.

In the restaurant, the team pride themselves on serving pub classics. The very best of what you might hope to find in the very best of pubs. Amazing fish and chips, delicious, meaty burgers, tasty succulent steaks and a few modern classics. And they certainly don’t scrimp on ingredients. They also try to make it fun, that’s why you don’t just get a bowl of chips, you get a tankard. You’re in a pub, after all! Everything on your plate is locally sourced and is of the highest quality.

Horse and Hound Country Inn, Bonchester Bridge

Dog friendly

Known for traditional pub food, real ales and whiskies

Rumoured to have been on the main stagecoach link between London and Edinburgh back in the day, the Horse and Hound is nestled in the picturesque village of Bonchester Bridge, very close to the Border with England. Look out for the quaint pink building!

Built in 1701, this award-winning country inn offers great homemade food which is made to order, open fire, cask ales, malt whisky, live music and picnic tables and patio for sunny days. Gluten free and vegan menus are available.

Denholm Meet Restaurant, Denholm

Known for homemade cakes and desserts, fresh pasta, intimate setting

A very warm welcome awaits you at Denholm Meet Restaurant /Cafe on the ground floor (upstairs is the superb Denholm Antiques and Interiors Shop). A delightful mixture of Scottish and Italian dishes, using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients.

The Denholm Meet is run by award winning chef Antonio Caterino and his wife Sara. Antonio has owned and run restaurants for many years in and around the Scottish Borders and owns the Monte Cassino Italian Restaurant in Melrose. He has created an inviting venue that offers light lunches, teas, coffees, pastries, cakes and desserts, all prepared to a very high standard. Evening dinner service in the licensed restaurant offers an intimate setting for a very enjoyable experience.

The Auld Cross Keys, Denholm

Known for Sunday Carvery, Pub Classics and Beer Garden

The Auld Cross Keys Inn commands a great location overlooking the village green with splendid view of the foothills of Ruberslaw at the rear. This fine establishment has been managed by Yorkshire couple Dave and Karen for the last seventeen years.

A large spacious dining area offering a wide selection of menu choices using fresh local produce. Meals are served in the dining room, lounge, public bar or south facing beer garden, wherever you prefer. Offering a choice from either the chef’s specials board, which may include fillet of salmon, sirloin steak, chicken balmoral or our famous fish and chips or beef and ale pie from our pub classics menu. A selection of homemade desserts always on offer.

The popular carvery is available Sunday lunchtime offering a selection of four meats supplied by the local butcher along with homemade Yorkshire Puddings….well worth a visit.

The Nightsafe, Hawick

Known for Cocktails, light lunches, snacks and coffees..

The Night Safe bistro, which has taken its name from the original Night Safe displayed outside, has been transformed from a former bank into a first-class dining establishment.

The team are committed to sourcing, preparing and presenting the best Scottish produce the area has to offer, complimented by a friendly and professional front of house service. The Night Safe is tastefully decorated with spacious and comfortable surroundings. Whether it is for coffee, lunch, snack or just a casual glass of wine. The philosophy here is to only to serve the best local produce,

Provender Restaurant and Bar, Melrose

Known for high quality provenance focussed food and drink, delicious brunch and oysters

Provender, owned and operated by Justin and Christian Orde alongside lifelong friend and Executive Head Chef Christian Edwardson, is a convivial haven for good times and contemporary Scottish, British and French Bistronomy.

Provender’s food and drink is sourced from local, seasonal, ethical and sustainable suppliers across Scotland and the British Isles. When the time is right, the produce is right. Leave any preconceptions at the door; relax with great food and drink whilst enjoying good times in the heart of your Scottish Borders.

MICHELIN BIB GOURMAND - “This stylish family run restaurant is a perfect match for this lovely Borders town”.

Burts and Townhouse Hotels, Melrose

From relaxed lunch to formal dining, a warm welcome awaits at these sister hotels in the heart of Melrose.

With dishes made from the finest local top-quality ingredients, it’s no wonder Burts and Townhouse Hotels are renowned for their excellent cuisine. Burts Bistro Bar offers an extensive lunch and supper menu which will satisfy every taste: from light lunchtime bites such as the Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé or Spiced Tiger Prawns to heartier supper delights including Highland Venison and Rump of Border Lamb, all served in the warmth and comfort of the Bistro Bar with it’s roaring real fire when the weather is cooler.

The award-winning Restaurant at Burts Hotel is one of Scotland’s finest. Here you will find a truly gastronomic experience in elegant surroundings. The restaurant at Burts Hotel has been awarded two AA Rosettes every year since 1995 for its outstanding food and drink.

At Townhouse, the Brasserie’s extensive lunch and dinner menu will satisfy every taste: from lunchtime bites such as our Tiger Prawn, Chilli & Ginger Terrine, followed by a naughty-but-nice dessert of White Chocolate Fondant with Winter Berry Coulis or you may prefer to sample their Light Lunch/Sandwich Menu. Heartier dinner delights are available like the Celebration of Venison or Medley of Pork. The team also offer more traditional dishes like our Breaded Eyemouth Haddock and Chips, all served in the stylish comfort of the Brasserie. The menu changes frequently with the seasonality of the local produce.

The Caddy Mann

Mounthooly, Jedburgh

Known for:

Sunday roasts are famed throughout the Borders.

Overall Scottish Champion in the National Eat Game Awards.

Wide and varied menus which change daily to utilise the freshest and very best of the natural seasonal ingredients found in the Scottish Borders.

Can be found in The Good Food Guide and also in the Scottish Field Magazine as Editor's choice for one of Scotland's "Best Restaurant Worth travelling for" alongside The Scotman’s “Hidden Gem" and "Best Chef" finalists, also overall Scottish Champion in the National Eat Game Awards.

Over the years the Caddy Mann have built up strong relations, dealing direct with local farmers, game estates and small independent suppliers. This commitment to provenance, sustainability and quality is evident in all dishes on the menu.

Sunday roasts are famed throughout the Borders and always come from nearby farms.

Hearty portions of quality dishes, cooked with skill and imagination are the backbone of their ethos.

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