St. Boswells Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in St. Boswells

August 7, 2017 Russell Mellin

St Boswells (Scots: Bosells, Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhoisil) is a village (population 1,412) on the south side of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, about 1 mile SE of Newtown St Boswells on the A68 road. It lies within the boundaries of the historic county of Roxburghshire.
Things to do in St. Boswells

1. The Buccleuch Arms

The Green, St. Boswells TD6 0EW, Scotland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1835 822243
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

The Buccleuch Arms

Set in the heart of the Scottish Borders the Buccleuch Arms is a charming four star Inn with an incredible history dating back to 1836. In recent years the Buccleuch has earned an award-winning reputation as one of the finest Inns in Scotland, welcoming both locals and guests from further afield. Most recently of course winning Scottish Inn of the Year 2015 at the Scottish Hotel awards in April. So whether you're visiting the Scottish Borders on the new Borders Railway or passing through, make a point of stopping at the Buccleuch. We hope you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Reviewed By Adrian D - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My wife and I had a late lunch here after going on an Alpaca trek nearby. This Buccleuch Arms was one of the places recommended by the owner of the alpacas and I can see why. The staff were friendly, the service was good and the food was tasty with the nachos being particularly enjoyable. If you're in the area and looking for food you could do a lot worse than eating here.

2. Burt's Hotel Restaurant

Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PL, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1896 822285
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 425 reviews

Burt's Hotel Restaurant

Reviewed By howardeawilliams - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Went to Burts for dinner with a number of friends, and the welcome was friendly and everything looked good, until the orders were taken and the food started to arrive. First the Eastern European waitress couldn't set the table, and we had to correct her mistakes. Then when the food arrived I had no cutlery so asked for a set, which was not provided and I had to get my own. The food was not brilliant, dried up pork terrine with four thin toasted French bread that was a real tooth breaker and was impossible to eat, followed by fish and chips. The best bit was the fish which was well cooked and tasty, but the chips looked to me as if they were fresh out of the freezer and not home made and not nearly as nice as the chippy. Quite expensive for a poor meal.

3. Kings Arms Inn

High Street, Melrose TD6 9PB, Scotland Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks +44 1896 822143
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
10%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 320 reviews

Kings Arms Inn

Reviewed By pandncord - Newtown, United Kingdom

What superb food, really good value, the smoked haddock with potato leek and orkney cheese sauce is an absolute masterpiece, staff very attentive and accomodating its a five from us all the way.

4. Marmion's Brasserie

5 Buccleuch Street, Melrose TD6 9LB, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +44 1896 822245
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 354 reviews

Marmion's Brasserie

Reviewed By Daviren - Glasgow, United Kingdom

A brief review to say we had dinner here over New Year and were hosted by a really friendly staff team (of two) and enjoyed a very decent, flavoursome, well constructed meal. In particular, and the reason for reviewing, was that I had some of the most tender beautifully cooked venison I have had in a good while, well-sourced I guess!!

5. Tweed Restaurant

St Boswells, Melrose TD6 0RQ, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol British, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +44 1835 822261
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Tweed Restaurant

Reviewed By CUMBRIAVIEW - Conwy, United Kingdom

There is plenty of choice on the menu. The Tweed Restaurant with its AA Rosette award is set in a relaxing and fantastic surroundings, Served by Extremely attentive and pleasant staff. You overlook the Gardens down to the River Tweed. We Really enjoyed our locally sourced meals here. A Big Shout Out to all you Guys.Thanks for making it So Special for us.

6. Monte Cassino

Palma Place, Melrose TD6 9PR, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +44 1896 820082
Excellent
54%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 335 reviews

Monte Cassino

Reviewed By maryjos123

We decided to try this Italian restaurant on New Years Eve as my partner who is Italian prefers to try family run ones rather than the big chain Italian ones.
We were not disappointed. This is a lovely restaurant, typical Italian decor and very cosy. We were greeted by the owner and he is such a lovely man. He chatted in Italian with my partner too and it was really nice for him to have a conversation with a fellow Italian.
We had planned to just have a main course as it was just for lunch but there were so many things we liked on the menu so ended up having a 3 course lunch.
The food was amazing. I gave my partner a taste of my carbonara and he said it was the best carbonara he had tasted outside of Italy.
The young man who served us was so lovely. Even on our way out , the chef came and said goodbye too.
It was such a lovely experience and cannot wait to return.
We highly recommend this restaurant , especially if you are looking for an excellent authentic Italian one. We were also pleasantly surprised at how much our bill was. Excellent price for the food we got. Large portions and very well presented.

7. The Caddy Mann Restaurant

Mounthooly, Jedburgh TD8 6TJ, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +44 1835 850787
Excellent
81%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 350 reviews

The Caddy Mann Restaurant

Multi award winning food with extensive daily changing menus designed around the freshest local produce available direct from neighbouring farms and estates. Winners of Best Borders Lunch. Best Borders Dinner, Best Service and Local Produce Champion by VisitScotland. Scottish Field magazine Editors Choice - "Scotlands Best Restaurant Worth Travelling For". Best Scottish Rural Restaurant nominee. Lunch is served from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Evening meals served on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:45 PM until 8:30 PM.

Reviewed By Steve K - Rothbury, United Kingdom

With an unprepossessing exterior, and an interior not much better, we had called for a light lunch in hope rather than expectation. The chorizo and ham terrine was exceptional, the Guinea fowl pudding was so light and tasty, and the venison lasagne very good indeed. Lovely presentation also. Very Good indeed.

8. The Townhouse

3 Market Square, Melrose TD6 9PQ, Scotland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$55 - HK$439 +44 1896 822645
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

The Townhouse

Reviewed By peter1fife - Fife

Just enjoyed an excellent meal in the Brasserie. My venison, beetroot & celeriac gratin, venison & chestnut faggot, roasted beetroot and red grape jus was very good and my wife enjoyed the Guinea fowl special. Cheeses were well kept, came with a lovely fresh tasting chutney and plenty of biscuits! What made it even better was the apparently very low mark up on their wine list. We had a great bottle of Pingus Psi which retails at about £25 and was sold at £46 which in terms of restaurant mark ups is astonishingly low and gave us a chance to enjoy this lesser wine from the fabled Pingus domain at a half decent price. Other wines seemed also to be keenly priced. IMO there are some restaurants that you simply should not go to on account of their cynical approach to wine pricing. Well done Townhouse.

9. Herges on the Loch

Tweedbank Drive | Tweedbank, Galashiels TD1 3RP, Scotland Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +44 1896 759909
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 428 reviews

Herges on the Loch

Herges is a superb place to watch the wildlife outside on the water. The ambience is magical, the food delightful and the staff friendly and helpful.

Reviewed By HowieFyffe - Markinch, United Kingdom

If you're planning to take a trip on the Borders Railway, I should tell you that you'll arrive in Tweedbank, which appears to be expansive housing estate with little or no facilities (apart from the unstaffed railway station)! But hiding away on the edge of...MoreThanks for taking the time to tell others that we are worth the walk! I’m so glad you had a lovely day and enjoyed our company and food. Hope to see you back.

10. Old Melrose Tea Rooms & Bookshop

Ravenswood Estate, Old Melrose | Off the A68 just south of the A6091 Ravenswood Roundabout, Melrose TD6 9DF, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch +44 1835 824597
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Old Melrose Tea Rooms & Bookshop

Reviewed By Linda S - Grangemouth

There is only the sign almost at the entance road to alert you to the fact that this wee gem exists at all. When you turn off the main road you could be mistaken for thinking you have made a mistake as you find yourself on a single track road apparently heading deep into the countryside. But what a treat awaits! A little centre with a cute cafe selling lovely meals, delicious cakes and "to die for" scones. After you have sated your appetite with whatever you fancied, served by a gloriously pleasant and friendly member of the cafe staff you can either pop upstairs to browse the quaint bookshop like an old fashioned library or go into one of several buildings which store antiques and curios of all descriptions which are all for sale. Now this really IS a blast from the past and I was instantly transported back to the homes of my grandparents and elderly neighbours with memories flooding back of all sorts of things which I had simply forgotten with the passage of time. Old fashioned griddles, jam and jelly pans all reminding me of the smell of food being cooked on blackened ranges. Classic wall lights, ornate ceiling lights that would have adorned homes with beautiful ceiling plasterwork, 1950s ceramics. I spent the lovliest hour here just recalling things and people from my earlier life and left with a contented smile on my face. Dont drive by! Stop off and be enchanted. ( The prices for everything were really good to!)

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