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Historic award winning pub. The official start of the new Scottish National Trail. Ideal base to stay overnight before starting the walk to Edinburgh. 5 en suite bedrooms, restaurant, public bar, log fires in winter. Ideal base for walkers, country sports, fishing. Families with children and dogs welcome. Family run with local friendly staff. Menu features local fresh produce. Very busy in the summer advisable to book for meals. Open from 12 every day all day. Meals served lunch & evening. Superb base for visiting the many castles & historic houses in the Scottish Borders. Official end of the Pennine way walk and very popular with walkers on the St. Cuthberts way.
US$7 - US$30
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Slight confusion regarding the booking but the current staff quickly and efficiently dealt with this. We requested some lamb and fish meals and they were faultless. Not only that, they cooked them in the manner we requested. The fish was really fresh and fantastic quality....I could not speak any more highly of the food the chef, Simon, and his staff produced. I cannot get this quality of food in England! Made my geriatric birthday really special. Wine and beer also great.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I booked a specific table in the bar of the Hotel for our 23rd Anniversary - because the bar is atmospheric/romantic and it was convenient for the dog. We are poor so we don't go out for a meal very often: the last time we...did this was about three years ago. So being in the bar was important to us. When we arrived someone else was sat eating at the table we had booked. Someone who appeared to be the manager or owner said that the table had been allocated to this man by mistake and he invited us to sit in a separate room also used for dining. Without further ado, we both left in disgust. We didn't want to make a fuss. We both felt that on this busy Sunday lunchtime we mattered not one iota to the manager who should have apologised to the gentleman sitting on our table and asked him to sit elsewhere - offering compensation. This spoiled our anniversary and we spent around £8 in petrol for the round trip. We will never enter this pub again.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

We had a couple of meals here which were lovely. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The bar had a fabulous selection of ales and spirits. Thank you for a lovely welcome

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 23 April 2022 via mobile

Excellent service, booked a table for 3 and requested a table in the conservatory which we got. Friendly staff. The menu is amazing. Meal was excellent. Good sized portions, well presented and tasted delicious. I would recommend The Border !

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 16 April 2022

Located next to the Green with plenty of car parking, spacious interior with several areas for dining. A reasonable range of beers are on offer, but the food menu is the star, with a good range of choices, plus daily specials. Our food was well...presented, perfectly cooked and delicious. On the busy Saturday evening when we visited, Service was somewhat on the slow side, but very polite and helpful. Prices are very good.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 11 April 2022

Booked in for a meal a week ago on Friday having travelled up from our own 'Borders' - Northants/Leicestershire for a few days break. Just what was required after a reasonable journey. On entering, the bar area where we had actually booked to eat in...(because of our dog being with us) was absoluted buzzing. Rammed with folk, so we were ushered through into the restaurant area. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming despite it being very busy. Hard to fault the meal. Maybe just take the Salmon Tartare out of the fridge an hour or so earlier, but otherwise really tasty. Haggis based starter was also really nice by all accounts. Both mains really tasty and generous. My Fish and Chips were possibly the best I've had in a lonnnnngggg time ! Ace. Would certainly recommend 'The Border' as an eateryMore

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 23 January 2022 via mobile

Friendly, clean and comfortable with great food. Great location literally at the end of the Pennine way. Friendly owner a joy to deal with when booking. Quick to reply to emails. Beer good. Food excellent and very fairly priced. Room (I was in the basic)...was basic, but clean warm and quiet. What more do you really want after a long walk. Excellent cooked breakfast. Will return.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 9 January 2022

Just had a 3 night stay found staff very friendly and helpful dinned on all 3 night food excellent will definitely be back

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 20 October 2021

We hadn't booked a table in advance and were lucky to get one! This place is very popular and rightly so, the food was very good with efficient & friendly service.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 8 September 2021 via mobile

Came to the Borders restaurant this week. Sadly we found the restaurant sadly lacking. Plenty of staff, just.poor management. Waited ages for drinks, food was mediocre, the chips looked more like over cooked, and often, Would not recommend, until the restaurant improves

Date of visit: September 2021
Helen S, Owner at The Border Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2021

Gosh. What can I say other than thanks for your feedback and we will all aim higher.

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27 August 2019|
Response from Helen S | Property representative |
Hello sorry for late reply. We are open from 12 till 2.20 mon to sat and Sunday 12 till 7.30/8.00. Hope this helps.
3 September 2018|
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Response from terrydalton | Reviewed this property |
Yes as far as I remember
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4