“Family-owned, ever popular town-centre fixture” - AA Inspector
MELROSE, SCOTTISH BORDERS
The Henderson family has owned this 18th-century hotel for around four decades. Overlooking the market square, it was built in 1722 by a local dignitary. Its age dictates listed-building status, which restoration, extension and upgrades have all respected in the Hendersons’ quest for a modern hotel. After a day out, settle in with one of the 90 single malts, or a pint of Caledonian Deuchars IPA. The restaurant has held two AA Rosettes since 1995, thanks to starters such as herb-crusted hen’s egg, confit tomato, spinach and Isle of Mull cheese sauce. This could be followed by harissa-marinated rump of Borders lamb, with lightly spiced couscous, yogurt, and courgette Charlotte. Light lunch specials may list breaded fishcakes with sweet chilli and lime sauce; or breaded chicken goujons with curried mayo dip, salad and fries. Puddings include a range of locally made ice creams, or savour the selection of Scottish and Borders cheeses.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About The area
Discover Scottish Borders
Southern Scotland is often referred to as the Lowlands, to distinguish it from the mountainous grandeur of the North-West Highlands. But don’t be fooled by the description. In places, the landscape can be anything but flat. This is a different Scotland to the rest of the country in terms of character and identity but, in terms of scenery, no less spectacular and just as fascinating.
Jedburgh, despite its turbulent history, is a peaceful country town beside the serpentine Jed Water, with only the abbey walls hinting at its former grandeur. One of the most elegant of the Border towns is Kelso, with its wide cobbled square at its heart. A poignant fragment is all that remains of Kelso Abbey, once the largest of the Border abbeys, destroyed by the English in 1545.
Like most towns and villages in the area, Melrose developed on the back of the tweed and knitwear industry, which brought wealth to the Scottish Borders, utilising the distinctive, Roman-nosed Cheviot Hill sheep and the availability of water power for the looms. Head to Peebles to shop for locally made knitwear and enjoy the peace and fresh air, where walks, trails and cycleways lead into the wooded countryside.
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