Where To Eat

There are lots of great local places to eat:

Pub Food

The Horse and Hounds, Bonchester Bridge, Tel: 01450 860645 - Inexpensive pub meals
The Auld Cross Keys, Denholm, Tel: 01450 870305 - Good reputation for their bar food.
The Buccleugh Arms, St. Boswells, Tel: 01835 822243 - First class Bar Food and Blue Coo Bistro.
The Cross Keys, Ancrum, Tel: 01835 830242 - Large eating area, good food in village pub.
The Carters Rest, Jedborough, Tel: 01835 864745 - Very popular, go early as orders finish at 8 pm.

Chinese

The Golden River, Jedburgh, Tel: 01835 864141

Indian

Saffron, Hawick, Tel: 01450 374858
Khans Bar, Hawick, Tel: 01450 376777
Shebab Tandoori, Hawick, Tel: 01450 379191

Cafe

Simply Scottish Cafe, 6-8 High Street, Jedburgh, RD8 6AG. Tel: 01835-864696

Menu has a good variety from light lunches to hot lunches e.g. burgers, macaroni cheese, sausage and mash, steak pie, etc. Cakes and Bakes. Licensed to sell alcohol   Very good quality and good portion sizes. Open: 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

Restaurants

The Capon Tree Townhouse, 61 High Street, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire TD8 6DQ.

Fine dining using Scottish ingredients, best local and seasonal produce. Lunch service begins at 12pm which is a relaxed, informal dining experience. Child Friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options.

The Foresters/The Belters Bar. 23 Castlegate, Jedborough, TD8 6AS. Tel: 01835 – 862380.

Spanish food and British Grill. The whole dining experiences from Grills and Burgers, wholesome soups and daily specials to exotic Tapas. Lamb and Beef steaks.

Places Of Interest

Numerous National Trust, National Trust Scotland & Historic Scotland venues to visit including -

Dryburgh Abbey

Scotts View

Melrose Abbey

Kelso Abbey

Bamburgh Castle

Hadrians Wall

Mary Queen of Scots House, Jedburgh.

Manderston – Supreme Country House.

Thirlestane Castle, Lauder

Mellerstain House & Gardens, with its spectacular silver staircase.

Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands.

Activities

Fishing, Stalking, Golf can be arranged on request.

Walking

Walking the area in and around Jedborough and Hawick is a great experience. From a gentle stroll around Wilton Lodge park near Hawick,a 107 acre estate on the River Teviot’s wooded banks with picnic spots and play areas, or numerous walks in the Kielder Forest, to hillwalking through the beauty of the upper Teviotdate, Borthwick and Slitrig valleys.

Cycling

The Borders is ideal cycling country. Follow in the tyre tracks of Sir Bradley Wiggins on the Tour of Britain route. If off-roading is your thing, the 7 Stanes centres of Glentress, Innerleighen and Newcastleton are nearby. There are often cycling competitions and events held in Kielder Forest throughout the year.

Fishing

The Borders can offer fishing options for a week or a day to suit beginners or experts. You can fish local rivers – the world famous Tweed with its many varied salmon beats, The Teviot and the Jed for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling, the Till at Tillmouth which is a very good sea trout river – also trout fisheries such as Keilder Water and Hass Loch.   Local angling clubs have lochs that are well stocked and promise a great day of sport.  For further information look on the Fishpal website.

Permits are available in the Berwick area, or locally from :-

Jedforest Angling Society

Hawick Angling Club

Libby’s Pet Shop, 9 High Street, Hawick TD9 9DD, Tel: 01450 377400.

Riding

Hawick being home to the Cornet and the Common Riding, horse riding is always a great way to explore the routes of the Border Reivers.

The annual Border Common Ridings are a stunning mounted spectacle with music and song. The Common Ridings extends the invitation to Border Scots throughout the world to return to their ridings and, for the first time, join a series of co-ordinated ancient festivals across the Scottish Border towns including, Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels, Peebles, Kelso, Jedbugh, Duns, Melrose, Coldstream, West Linton and Lauder.

Bird Watching

The Border country offers many varied locations, the Kielder Forest is nearby and there are many fine reserves locally.

- Whitelaw Moss National Nature Reserve (SNH).

- Craigbank Wood Nr. Hawick.

- Blawthorn Moss National Nature Reserve (SNH).

- Aberlady Bay.

- Farne Islands National Nature Reserve (NT).

- John Muir Country Park.

- Bass Rock Reserve.

Golf

There are 21 clubs in this South-East corner of Scotland, 8 of which own 9-hole courses. The two most famous courses in The Borders are Dave Thomas creations, The Roxburghe, Nr Kelso, opened first in 1997, then Cardrona close to Peebles, some 6 years later. Although 40 miles away, many golfers think it is worth an hours’ drive to play each course in one 36 hole visit.

To list but a few in this area, Jedburgh, St. Boswell’s, Hawick, Melrose, Lauder, Lillisleaf, Kelso, Hirsel, Minto and Woll. The East Lothian courses are also first-class and within an hours drive. Superb courses such as Dunbar, North Berwick, Gullane, Duns, The Glen, Eyemouth, Goswick, etc, are all worthy of a visit - Scotland Golf

These courses are set in stunning scenery, inland there are rolling hills and valleys, and beautiful stately homes with parkland courses, or the wide vistas of the dramatic coastal courses.