“Arts and Crafts villa with modern Scottish cooking” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
With occupancy limited to 8 guests and ample interior and exterior space social distancing is not a major challenge. We have removed the breakfast buffet and are taking breakfast orders in advance to limit contact. We are utilizing side service tables in the restaurant. We do not use menus and have removed in room collateral.

Our Inspector's view

Located only 40 minutes from Edinburgh, in the rolling hills of the Scottish Border country, Windlestraw is a beautiful Edwardian Arts and Crafts villa set in two acres of grounds and lovingly restored by its present owners. Service is both personal and attentive in the oak panelled restaurant where contemporary Scottish menus deliver the likes of ham hock terrine pointed up with cauliflower, piccalilli and prosecco-poached sultanas, followed by venison loin with roasted and puréed celeriac, preserved blackcurrants and chard. To finish, a refined take on the classic Scottish cranachan accompanied by a silky smooth whisky ice cream hits a high note.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Galashiels Road, WALKERBURN, EH43 6AA
Phone : 01896 870636


  • Seats: 20
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 4
Opening times
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 4
  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish, British
  • Vegetarian menu

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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