Top ChoiceBistro in Peebles


This main-street deli has numerous temptations, such as excellent cheeses and Italian smallgoods, as well as perhaps Scotland's tastiest sausage roll. Behind the shop, the good-looking dining area serves up...

Top ChoiceBistro in Kelso


This inn off the main square is so popular you will need to book a table at weekends. It's cheery, very welcoming and warm, and serves excellent upmarket pub food in generous portions. Pick and mix from bar menu,...

Top ChoiceBistro in Hawick

Night Safe Bistro

Lively and attractive, this High St coffee stop and restaurant occupies the ground level of a handsome bank building. Morning coffees and light lunches give way to sturdier dinner mains based around well-sourced...

Scottish in Jedburgh

Capon Tree

Attractively combining smart and casual, this welcoming bistro and bar does modern Scottish cuisine. Plates are beautifully, though not fussily, presented and ingredients are of high quality. The overall package...

Bistro in Selkirk


Selkirk's best place to eat is in the heart of things. It has a bar as well as a well-thought-out range of classic Scottish and other British ingredients. Presentation is strong and it manages to cover both...

Cafe in Hawick

Damascus Drum

The Middle East meets the Borders in this enticing cafe behind the tourist office. Patterned rugs and a secondhand bookshop make for a relaxing environment to enjoy breakfasts, bagels, burgers and tasty...

Scottish in Melrose


The brasserie and restaurant here turn out just about the best gourmet cuisine in town and offer decent value. There's some rich, elaborate, beautifully presented fare, with plenty of venison and other game...

Scottish in Peebles

Tontine Hotel

Glorious is the only word to describe the Georgian di­ning room here, complete with musicians' gallery, fireplace and fabulous windows. It'd be worth it even for cat food on mouldy bread, but luckily the meals –...

Scottish in Kelso

Contented Vine

Upmarket pasta dishes take their place alongside quality dishes of Scottish produce with a Mediterranean inflection at this popular, welcoming central restaurant that has a real throwback vibe and a curious...

Bistro in Peebles


A good stop for home baking, coffee, light meals or sandwiches at any time of day, this bistro comes into its own at dinner time. A short, regularly changed menu of delicious dishes offers a quality dining...

Bistro in Eyemouth


For a meal any time, find your way upstairs to this modern Mediterranean-fusion bar-bistro with comfy seating and a modish interior. It's just down from the museum, and it's got a great deck to lap up the...

French in Hawick

Le 2016

Interior design isn't a strong point at this restaurant, which has taken over a too-large space, but the food certainly is. A young French couple produces a short but interesting menu of seasonal Gallic cuisine,...

Pub Food in Peebles

Crown Hotel

There's nothing too fancy on the menu at this traditional, tight-packed, main-street hostelry, but this is really top pub food, with generous portions of British classics and a home-cooked feel. Head out to the...

Cafe in Peebles

Cocoa Black

Chocaholics should make a beeline for this friendly cafe, where exquisite cakes and other patisserie offerings will satisfy any cacao-focused cravings. It also runs a school where you can learn to make them...

Cafe in Coldingham & St Abbs

Ebbcarrs Cafe

A stone cottage by the harbour in St Abbs, sweet Ebbcarrs does tasty rolls with local crab, cullen skink and other sweet and savoury bites. Grab one of the picnic tables outside or head upstairs for indoor seating.

Cafe in Coldingham & St Abbs

Ebba's Bistro

This very welcoming cafe in what was once the village school, now a community centre, offers tasty home-baked scones, breakfast rolls, crab sandwiches and hot brunches and lunches. It's a heartwarming little place.

Pub Food in Jedburgh

Carter's Rest

Right opposite the abbey, here you'll find up­market pub grub in an attractive lounge bar. The standard fare, which includes a lighter menu of soup and panini at lunchtimes, is fleshed out with an evening dinner...

Cafe in Melrose


Drop into the Cellar for a caffeine hit. It's also a good spot for a glass of wine on the town square, as well as food platters and speciality cheeses. Out front is a more-than-decent shop selling wine and whisky.

Ice Cream in Eyemouth


This venerable local institution is a cherished stop for many families on a seaside holiday. It does fish and chips and pizza to eat in or take away, but it's the ice cream that's the real star.