A Hume Guide to the Scottish Borders # 4
Sunday Lunch. Simply as a phrase ‘Sunday Lunch’ has immense power to stimulate appetite and if you’ve been striding out on one of the Paths Around Melrose, as recommended in Part II of our guide, then you will be especially hungry.
Melrose is a splendid place to satisfy appetite, even if you’re a little mud splattered after gallivanting around the countryside, you’ll be welcomed at Burt’s. Lunching in the Bistro Bar is an informal affair. More elegant dining takes place in the AA Rosette Restaurant but you can still enjoy the gastronomic delights of Head Chef Trevor Williams in more laidback surrounds. Trevor, is an ex staffer at Prestonfield House’s top drawer restaurant Rhubarb, so expect to eat well.
A slightly more contemporary feel prevails at The Townhouse, which lies directly opposite Burt’s and is owned by hoteliers, the Hendersons. The same care is taken to keep all diners happy, with familiar options for traditionalists, like Breaded Haddock and Duck with Puy Lentil for the Francophiles.
For more of a café feel, try Marmion’s where perky salads of Pear & Walnut, mingle with hearty Venison casserole.
Sunday 3pm. Feeling replete you may feel up to nothing more taxing than a potter around the narrow streets of Melrose, or perhaps a stroll down to the famed 14th C Melrose Abbey, where according to myth, the heart of Robert the Bruce lies.
Sunday Evening. The eve of the final day of the week was made for simple relaxation. Dine in, or out at any of the venues we’ve recommended.
Monday Morning In expectation that you will be travelling homewards on the A1 – yes, we’re aware we’re taking a liberty but it fits with our plans – head for Eyemouth, Smuggler’s HQ.
As a last blast of the Borders, the coast is a bracing change. Sheer cliffs mark the landscape and villages tucked into coves, a contrast to the rolling green hills of sheep country.
Bright trawlers bob in the harbour at Eyemouth, which remains today one of Scotland’s most important fishing ports. A visit to the Eyemouth Museum is worthwhile; its highlight is the Eyemouth Tapestry, commemorating the 1881 fishing disaster, Scotland’s worst on record.
As a happy conclusion to your long weekend we highly recommend a leg-stretching stroll along the coastal path followed by a snackish lunch at stylish Oblo or a stonking portion of local fish and chips at Giacopazzi’s, just the fortification needed to face the journey home.