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Top Choice Bistro in Hawick

Night Safe Bistro

Lively and attractive, this high street 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…
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 Turkish-styl…
Visitor Centre in Hawick

Heart of Hawick

Three buildings form the 'heart' of Hawick. A former mill holds a cafe and cinema. Opposite, historic Drumlanrig's Tower, once a major seat of the Douglas clan, now houses the Borders Textile Towerhouse. This tells …
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, wit…
Museum in Hawick

Borders Textile Towerhouse

The historic Drumlanrig’s Tower is a solid stone mansion that was once a major seat of Douglas clan power in the Borders. It now holds the Borders Textile Towerhouse, which tells the story of the town’s knitwear-pro…
Archives in Hawick

Heritage Hub

The Heritage Hub, formerly the corn exchange, is a handy facility for anyone wishing to trace Scottish heritage, or other local archives. If you can't visit in person, you can pay to get some research done for you.
Pub in Hawick

Exchange Bar

This unusually shaped pub by the river is cosy with moulded ceilings and wooden panelling. There's a very convivial atmosphere and a few excellent craft ales on tap.
Museum in Hawick

Hawick Museum & Art Gallery

This museum has an interesting collection of mostly 19th-century manufacturing and domestic memorabilia as well as details on a tragic pair of local motorcycling legends. There are usually a couple of temporary exhi…