What’s on in August

August is the time for agricultural shows and events across the Scottish Borders.  There’s also traditional music, massed pipe bands, an exhibition on the work of innovative architects and designers, and a provoking international festival of literature and thought.  Clearly a month to feed the body and the mind.

 

Berwickshire County Show 6 August

Incorporating an agricultural livestock show along with family entertainment, horse events, poultry show, vintage display and dog show, created on a beautiful site next to Duns Castle. There is literally something for all ages, based around community groups and entertainment from farther afield.

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, 30th Anniversary Tour, Corn Exchange, Melrose 12 August 

Together Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have established themselves as the epitome of excellence in the world of traditional music. The Herald has described them as “probably the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear”.  To celebrate their 30th anniversary they’ll be touring Scotland and releasing a new album.

Peebles Show 13 August

Fun for the whole family at the Peebleshire Agricultural Society Show, Nether Horsburgh Farm, Cardona.  Agricultural show with all classes of cattle, sheep, ponies, poultry and donkeys. Lots of entertainment in the main ring,  competitions, food and crafts.

Making Good Places, The Hippodrome, Eyemouth 5 August until 4 September

Making Good Places is an invited exhibition where eight architects explore the qualities of good places.  It explores good places through examples of well-crafted cultural and community spaces, and their context, prepared by the invited designers.  Featured designers will include Richard Murphy Architects, Reiach and Hall, Garber James, Snøhetta, Gaia Architects, Icosis and Malcolm Fraser.

Innerleithen Music Festival 19-21 August

Great concerts with the stars of Celtic Music and much more. On the Sunday join theFellow Travellers,  reiving and bereaving, on a journey through traditional  Border Ballads.  Workshops, singing, a historic Innerleithen  walk and much more.

Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought, Traquair House, 27 & 28 August

Returning for 7th year. Brings together broadcasters, writers, thinkers artists, diplomats and politicians to meet talk and exchange ideas with the public about the most pressing issues of our time.  A stimulating weekend of debate. A very unique Festival.

Massed Pipe Band Day, Floors Castle, Kelso 28 August

A fantastic day for the whole family.  Featuring pipe bands from across the Scottish Borders, Highland dancers, Ceilidh band, tractor tours and much more.  Special guests The Lochiel Marching Drill Band all the way from New Zealand (via the Edinburgh Tatoo)

Our Favourite Places to Eat Around Melrose

Shop local, eat local, spend local, enjoy local. It takes you to start the trend

Here’s a few idea on where to eat around Melrose, Gattonside and St Boswells.  A few of our favourite have closed this year but there’s still plenty of great places to choose from.  We’ve also included a few places only known to locals.

Seasons
Main Street
Gattonside, TD6 9NP
Tel: 01896 823217

A short walk across the bridge from the Melrose, check the boards outside with opening hours (currently Wed-Sun: Dinner from 6pm, Friday-Sun: Lunch 12:00 – 2:30pm). Informal dining for lunch and dinner, using local and seasonal foods – fish from Eyemouth, local lamb, Melrose black pudding and tempting sweets.

The Hoebridge
Hoebridge Road East
Gattonside, TD6 9LZ
Tel: 01896 823082

A small seasonal menu that changes each month. They pride themselves in making everything they can by hand: from breads, pastries and ice creams to pastas, preserves and pickles. What they don’t make ourselves they source from some of the best producers in Scotland – Shaw’s and Hardiesmill for our local meats, fish from D.R. Collins of Eyemouth, Teviot Smokery smoked salmon, I.J. Mellis cheese, Cuddybridge Apple Juice, Steampunk Coffee and beer from Tempest Brewery.  Open Wednesday – Saturday 5.30 – 9.30pm.

Burts Hotel
Market Square
Melrose, TD6 9PN
Tel: 01896 822285

The 18th century hotel, situated in the heart of Melrose’s picturesque market square, has been owned and managed by the Henderson family for almost 40 years. The Bistro Bar offers lunch and supper with dishes made from the finest local top quality ingredients: from lunch-time treats such as Steamed West Coast Mussels to epicurean supper delights like Parfait of Venison and Braised Shank of Border Lamb.  Lunch: 12 noon – 2.00pm daily. Supper: 6.00pm – 9.30pm Sunday to Thursday.  6.00pm – 10.00pm Friday and Saturday.  Always best to book a table, a very popular place.

Dalgetty’s Tea Room & Bakery
High Street
Melrose, TD6 9BP
Tel:01896 822364

A fifth generation family business, which has been around for over 100 years. Cream teas, toasted sandwiches, soups and scotch pies. A delicious range of set menus will entice your tastebuds. Try “Tea with Mr Dalgetty” served with the famous Selkirk Bannock or Afternoon Tea – delicate finger sandwiches, away winning teas scones with clotted cream & raspberry preserves and a range of mouthwatering hand made petite cakes. Make sure you take home a Selkirk Bannock or a Melrose Tart from the bakery, to remind you of your visit to the Scottish Borders.

Mainstreet Trading Company
Main Street,
St Boswells, TD6 0AT
Tel: 01835 824 087

The first thing you’ll notice when you open the door, apart from  beautiful books everywhere, is the delicious smell of fresh coffee.  The food is simple using the best quality local produce.  Soup is made daily in their kitchens along with the ingredients for the sandwiches, most of which are cooked from scratch (pesto, humus, honey roast ham, cucumber relish and many other treats).  Many of their beautiful cakes are made in house, while others are concocted by Julia Bruce, a very talented local cook.  The selection varies, but firm favourites are coffee and walnut cake, chocolate/fig/almond, gingerbread men biscuits and orange drizzle cake, not forgetting the prettiest cupcakes in the Borders (in small as well as regular, for those children who tend to stop eating after the icing). There is also a delicatessen, antiques and gift shop.  Usually very busy on the weekends and during school holidays. Tables can be reserved in advance.  Closed Mondays.

Buccleuch Arms
The Green,
St. Boswells, TD6 OEW
Tel: 01835 822243

Breakfast favourites are smoked haddock risotto Kedgeree, French toast and maple syrup or the incredibly popular classic, eggs Benedict. Bistro menu specialises in Aberdeen Angus steaks from the Borders where traceability and taste is key. Also offers lots of seasonal salads, risotto and pasta for non meat eaters. Popular classics include the Buccleuch Burgers made with Hardiesmill Aberdeen Angus pedigree beef or beer battered or breaded haddock and chips. Of course no bar menu would be complete without a good steak pie made with Scottish Borders beer!  Open from 6.45am for breakfast, morning bites and takeaway rolls 10am til noon, lunch noon til 14.30, dinner 17.30 til last orders at 21.00 (21.30 on Fridays and Saturday). Booking advisable.

Pirn House Interiors Cafe,
West End,
Charlesfield,
St Boswells, TD6 0HH
Tel: 01835 823014

A hidden gem, just off the A68 at Charlesfield, St Boswells. Coffee Shop, interiors gift and upholstery service. Serving delicious meals, home baking and refreshments, complimented by gift shop and home furnishings. Not so easy to find but persist. The menu is very reasonably priced, with some some unusual dishes and great cakes.  Open every day 10.00-16.00

Born in the Borders
Lanton Mill,
Jedburgh, TD8 6ST
Tel: 01835 830495

Located a mile west from the Cleikimin junction along the A698. The café and restaurant acts as constantly changing showcase for the very best of Borders produce (as do the brewery, deli and gift shop). More often than not, the ingredients won’t just come from local Borders producers, but also from the fields, woods, and hills around the site. The smells of coffee, fresh bread and cakes define the morning, whilst lunch sees the restaurant come alive to the extraordinary range of produce the region has to offer. Beautiful soups, crab salads from Eyemouth, snacks like Rarebit made with brewery beer and classics like Border lamb stovies fill the menu.  Open 10.00 til 17.00. Lunch served noon til 15.00.