This fairytale castellated country house is within a stone’s throw of Edinburgh - near enough to enjoy a pleasant trip for a romantic gourmet meal…yet just far enough to justify a night away if you feel like it!
Head Chef Cameron MacMichael is a huge success in the kitchen (and incidentally on stage at Royal Highland Show!). Cringletie’s faith in giving the young a chance to shine has again proved an incredible success and under the mentoring of the one and only Willie Pike, Cameron is enjoying his leading role at the Borders Top hotel and dining experience.
Working with fresh produce, much grown in the hotels walled garden Cameron says “we concentrate on locally available, quality ingredients to produce well presented dishes where taste and flavour are paramount” and that is what the customers keep coming back for.
Wedding parties can have exclusive use and enjoy the intimacy with world class food. Cringletie can proudly take its place alongside the finest in Britain.
Travelling northwards or southwards - or just having a pleasant drive out from Edinburgh, this family run hotel is perfect for a lovely lunch or dinner. Family friendly with a lovely range of options for all. Great informal atmosphere and quite a landmark in the region. The meals are all delicious - and their desserts a treat as you can see for yourself!
They have great accommodation, flexible dining times and host many local events, festivals, weddings and meetings.
'The hotel has been nestled into the edge of the Lammermuir Hills in Lauderdale for well over a century. Today, Carfraemill brings people together to eat and meet, celebrate, relax and rest a while. We are truly family-friendly and baby-friendly.'
Now with Soutra Coffee House nearby - see separate entry
A delightful addition to the Carfaemill family enterprise is this super coffee shop 4 miles along the road from the hotel.
A perfact place to tarry awhile for home baking and wonderful lunches, all with a spectacualr view.
This organic restaurant, now run by The Larder, is light and airy within a lovely building with great 'green' credentials. With a cracking team in the kitchen and local artisan produce, the results are delicious. Whitmuir is an organic working farm growing seasonal produce and rearing Tamworth pigs, Shorthorn cattle and lamb. They have also planted an "edible and boozy hedge" - sounds like years of interesting tasting ahead!
Excellent organic food hall, restaurant and art gallery. The gallery is filled with highly unusual beautiful handcrafts and artwork. A lovely trip out of the city.
A fine country house set amidst the rolling Dumfries and Galloway hills with a working farm, game estate and delightful hosts. Superb local food including their own game off the hill. Diners are offered the option of a cheeseboard on booking and Celia uses their local producer Loch Arthur for her wonderful selection.
Check out Craigadam Game in meat section for further info. Also a splendid venue for that romantic wedding.
Cream O' Galloway is quite a destination! They have long been famous for their award-winning ice cream, cafe and incredible playground adventure facilities for children. Now they are making their own cheese too - see Scottish Cheese Trail Section for more details.
On farm they have their own organic beef and dairy herds of cattle. Their dairy methods are highly ethical and their sustainability record has won them several Green Awards. This is a fine organic farm that has been in the same family for generations.
Their spacious cafe serves ice cream and burgers, both made on farm, along with bakes, teas and coffees. It is also a popular party destination and groups can be booked. There is an observation gallery to see the animals and cheese being made so lots to see for a grand day out.
The Loch Arthur Creamery and Farmshop's new buildings are now in their second year and a great asset to Dumfries and Galloway. Creating a home, community, family and valued work, The Camphill Community offers ‘co-operation not competition’ to co-workers and has resulted in an organic food hub creating award-winning dairy produce, breads from their bakery, meats, fruit and vegetables and home baked goodies.
Offering Southwest Scotland’s finest selections of Organic foods complimented by a carefully chosen selection of crafts and produce. This lovely Café serves a delightful selection of cakes, soups and light meals produced from the finest ingredients….predominantly organic and very fresh. It has already become a much appreciated meeting place in Dumfries and Galloway, and a very welcome addition to what was already a very special place.
We had a delicious lunch of savoury handmade pies, and their rare roast beef open sandwich – we even did some early Christmas shopping from their carefully selected range of food and nature books!
See Scottish Cheese Trail entry for more about their cheeses.
Dunlop Dairy is where the Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese is made near Stewarton Ayrshire.
Within the beautiful historic farm buildings there is also a lovely Cheese Shop and Cafe where they serve home made soups, light meals - with her cheeses of course - and home bakes. The cafe was the old barn with the inscribed lintel dated 1766 and now all beautifully converted.
For more details on Ann's range of beautiful cheeses, see Scottish Cheese Trail section
The Dunlop cheese is in the final stages of PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.
Stylish and baronial luxury in the heart of Ayrshire. From afternoon teas, to Sunday lunches and gourmet dinners this establishment has received many plaudits. They are sticklers for local produce and also grow much of their produce in their own vegetable gardens.
They use local wild game and support many Scottish artisan cheesemakers offering a seasonal menu of between 15 and 25 of Scotland's finest cheeses. Choose one cheese or try them all, served with our own garden apple jelly, and wonderful homemade walnut and apricot bread, crackers and oatcakes.
CiS Excellence Award Restaurant of the Year 2011, Michelin starred and 4 AA Rosettes. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
Catering in Scotland Excellence Award Chef of the Year 2016 and Finalist Restaurant of the Year 2015, Ian & Jane McAndrew purchased this 9 bedroom hotel in 2007 and have created destination dining in this small hamlet. That same year he was awarded the honour of Chef Laureate of the British Academy of Gastronomes.
They use as much as possible from their own vegetable garden along with local meats, seafood and game. Ian has also written a number of cookery books and is Chairman of Dumfries & Galloway Chefs Association.
Chef proprietors David Haetzman and Amanda Jordan opened this lovely brasserie late summer 2015 and were Catering in Scotland Excellence Finalist Newcomer of the Year 2016 by May!
They are both superb chefs in their own right and having their own place is the culmination of much planning and determination to fulfill their dream. Although skilled across the board, David leans towards the starters and mains, leaving gifted Patisserie chef Amanda to excel at the desserts! With enthusiastic offspring watching and learning this is certainly a family business!
They are dedicated to the use of local produce and David gave a fine performance at this year's Royal HIghland Show with local venison.
This traditional hostelry on the edge of the pretty border town of St Boswells is anything but traditional! It has been sensitively renovated to retain original features but give a contemporary twist.
From the lovely entrance through to the Blue Coo dining in a modern rustic setting, it sets the scene for an excellent meal. The menu is just what you would hope for, including local steaks and burgers from Hardiesmill, local roe deer and seafood. Great to see such support for local produce, skilfully cooked.
A delightfully eclectic mix of books, cafe and fine delcatessen - the sort of place any small community would cry out for - a real focus for the village. Beautifully laid out in a sensitively restored historic building with a great innovative range of books for all ages and a cafe serving high quality locally sourced produce. It has been comprehensively extended and now also has a lovely courtyard and an excellent deli.
Attractive restaurant with rooms by a peaceful village green, with many good food award plaudits. Bistro style dining overlooking this pretty villlage green. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.