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14 of the best cafés and restaurants in the Tweed Valley to refuel in after a day of adventures

Whether you fancy a spot of AA Rosette worthy fine dining to celebrate a special occasion or want to start the day off right with a delicious fry-up, Go Tweed Valley share their guide on where to eat in the stunning Scottish Borders.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 04.08.2022

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With enchanting forests, picturesque hills and an iconic river to explore, it’s easy to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in the tranquil Tweed Valley.

Whether you want to be at one with nature, taste delicious local produce, get lost in the rich cultural heritage or explore the scenic landscape through an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this Scottish staycation spot.

After a full day of exploring the Tweed Valley, you’ll need to refuel in some relaxed surroundings. And local produce is a source of huge pride here, from craft beer and artisan Tweed Valley gin to chocolate, ice cream, cheese and pies, there’s something to tickle even the most reserved of taste buds.

Whether you want a casual lunch at family-friendly cafes, tuck into some of the finest pub grub or want to get dressed up for a special culinary experience in a swanky restaurant, there are plenty of dining destinations to choose from in the Tweed Valley.

With so many options to choose from, it can be so hard to decide where to go – which is why we caught up with the Go Tweed Valley team, who share some of their favourite wee gems to eat at…

Read more about why to visit the Tweed Valley here.

BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH

For those wanting breakfast with a view…

 

Coltman’s Kitchen, Deli & Bar

71-72 High Street, Peebles, Scotland EH45 8AN

What better way to start off your day than by tucking into breakfast at a stunning spot overlooking the River Tweed and the hills beyond? With brioche toast, breakfast tacos and special bacon sarnies on the menu, this foodie haven in one of Peebles’ most historic buildings is a perfect setting in which to enjoy imaginative, freshly prepared local food in a laid-back atmosphere.

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Café Sitooterie, Innerleithen

14 Pirn Road, Innerleithen EH44 6HH

We’re talking bacon, eggs or sausage rolls, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and sourdough toast and a proper fry-up. Café Sitooterie is known for its excellent breakfasts alongside its snacks and light lunches, all inspired by what’s fresh, local and seasonal. Plus, their outdoor sitting area in the garden is bliss on a summer’s morning.

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For the morning coffee lovers…

 

No1 Peebles Road Coffee House

1 Peebles Rd, Innerleithen EH44 6QX

We all rely on our morning coffee to get us started for the day and No1 Peebles Road takes our morning cuppa to the next level. Not to mention their breakfasts, lunches and home-baked goods all made with locally sourced produce. The friendly, funky café attracts an outdoorsy crowd, including many local mountain bikers, making it a perfect spot to relax in before (or after!) your day of adventures.

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For those who like a lie in…

 

Caberston Farm Coffee Shop

1 Peebles Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AS

If you love lie-in (we don’t blame you after exploring The Valley, btw), then Caberston Farm Coffee Shop is perfect for you as it serves an all-day breakfast. The best part? This is in an ideal location close to the Tweed Valley Cycle Path. Make sure to look out for their delicious cakes, traybakes and scones made daily in the café’s in-house bakery to take along with you on your bike ride.

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WHERE TO GO FOR LUNCH

For those who love comforting pub grub…

 

The Horseshoe Inn

Eddleston, Peebles EH45 8QP

Here you’ll find outstanding lunches (and dinners) in a proper village pub. From Scottish whole-tail scampi and chips to Scotch Aberdeen Angus steak burger and a traditional Sunday roast, The Horseshoe Inn’s imaginative dishes can all be washed down with an excellent selection of real ales, craft beers, artisan gin and delicious wines. Plus, you can bring your four-legged friend along, too.

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Traquair Arms Hotel

Traquair Road, Innerleithen EH44 6PD

Set in a 200-year-old coach house that’s nestled between the hills of the Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders, this family-run hotel and gastro pub is close to many walking and biking trails. Expect hearty, home-cooked, bistro-style pub grub from their seasonal menus, washed down with a cheeky local beer. Plus, there’s a beautiful beer garden here for you to take in all those countryside views.

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Clovenfords Hotel

1 Vine Street, Clovenfords, Galashiels TD1 3LU

This warm and welcoming 18th century coaching inn in the heart of stunning village Clovenfords serves top-notch pub food. From a comforting steak pie to chicken curry and even a wing challenge to take on, here you can expect a warm, casual setting to kick back and relax before continuing your Scottish staycation.

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For those wanting a light lunch…

 

Loullabelles

12 High Street, Innerleithen EH44 6HA

A café born from a passion for home baking – and it shows. Here you’ll find a fantastic range of tray bakes, cupcakes, gateaux and pastries to help give you that little pick-me-up for your adventures. Plus, they serve light lunches, afternoon teas and prepared packed lunches for you to take away for your day of exploring.

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For those who fancy something a little luxurious…

 

The Park Hotel

2 Innerleithen Road, Peebles EH45 8BA

Stepping into The Park is like stepping back in time; a mix of Victoriana, 1950’s and modern-day Britain. Expect locally sourced ingredients, freshly baked bread, barista coffees and a five-course tasting menu by the new fine-eating TRYST restaurant. The bakery and butcher-inspired menus in the main, wood-panelled restaurant will definitely leave you feeling satisfied.

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WHERE TO GO FOR DINNER

For those who never know what they want to eat…

 

Tontine Hotel

High Street, Peebles EH45 8AJ

If you’re with a group of friends or family with different types of taste buds, then look no further. With small plates and sharers, fresh juicy burgers and Sunday roasts on the menu, the Tontine serves plenty of eating options in their restaurant, bistro and bar, which are all renowned for their warm welcome and use of quality local produce – promising a true, Scottish dining experience.

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Barony Castle

Old Manse Road, Peebles EH45 8QW

This former 16th-century tower house offers everything from top-end dining to bar food. Their award-winning 1536 Restaurant serves up local, seasonal produce and is famous for its ‘Steak on a Stone’ that’s served on a hot lava rock, where you decide how your meat’s cooked and what accompanies it. But there are also some bar classics like buttermilk chicken burger and an afternoon tea menu plus  a la carte menu to explore here, too.

HLN TOP TIP: Don’t miss the magnificent Great Polish Map of Scotland in the extensive grounds.

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For small plates lovers…

 

Osso

1 Innerleithen Road, Peebles EH45 8BA

A luxurious version of good ol’ picky tea, this contemporary café and restaurant offer exciting tapas-style food and big flavours using quality, locally sourced ingredients that are designed to suit any appetite. Located close to the Eastgate Theatre for evening shows, this is a friendly and relaxed dining destination that is all about elevating a sharing-style menu – as sharing is caring, right?

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For those celebrating a special occasion…

 

Windlestraw

Galashiels Road, Walkerburn EH43 6AA

This 3-AA Rosette restaurant inside a luxurious boutique hotel set on three acres of landscaped grounds is known for being one of the Tweed Valley’s truly special places to eat. Windlestraw has gained a reputation for having consistently high standards of cuisine and service and an extensive wine selection, with daily changing menus that showcase quality Scottish ingredients grown in their kitchen garden and foraged or sourced from local suppliers.

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Cringletie

Edinburgh Road, Peebles EH45 8PL

The Sutherland Restaurant is a 2-AA Rosette restaurant serving locally sourced produce in a glorious Scottish country house hotel within a historic 28-acre estate.  With seasonal menus, afternoon teas and Gourmet Sunday – a seven-course tasting menu with matching wines – get a taste of luxury in the Scottish Borders in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, with a fine-dining feel, sensibly sized portions and beautifully presented dishes.

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