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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Contemporary cooking at an old favourite

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Owned and run by the Henderson family for more than 40 years, this handsome 18th-century inn is rooted into Melrose life. The kitchen turns out modern Scottish dishes prepared from quality local produce. Sweet potato and chilli soup is a heart-warming classic, or twice-baked cheese soufflé with fig, apple and walnut salad and golden raisin purée. This being Scotland, you could even plump for haggis croquette with root vegetable purée. Follow that with fillet of Scotch beef with horseradish mash, braised shallots, charred baby leeks and roast onion jus, or pan-fried roasted cod with Puy lentil casserole, cauliflower purée, pak choi and chive butter sauce.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Friday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Craig Gibb

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 27
  • Wines over £30: 33
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Starter from: £5.95
  • Main course from14.95
  • Dessert from: £7.95
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 25
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A6091, 2 miles from A68, 3 miles south of Earlston. Hotel in market square.

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