Melrose is a small, pretty town, sitting close to the River Tweed, nestled below the Eildon Hills. It has a spectacular abbey. It’s surrounded by picturesque villages and home to the world-famous Rugby Sevens. Cultural highlights include Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford House and the annual Borders Book Festival in June. With plenty of great small shops and eateries, it’s a definite draw for visitors.
SHOP In Melrose
We’re lucky to have loads of great shops in Melrose, visitors can easily get hold of great fresh local produce, all on the High Street.
Meat & Fish
W.F. Anderson – fishmongers and poulterers. Fresh fish daily.
Martin Baird Butchers – great meat sourced locally and nice ready made meals. Great steak pies, and always ask for extra gravy.
Groceries & Wine
Country Fair – for a superb selection of quality foods including local cheeses, delicatessen, whole foods, wines, coffees. Bread from the Great Northumberland Bread Company delivered on a Thursday.
W & A Williamson – a great little fruit and veg shop.
Spar – small, packed supermarket. Open everyday until 9pm.
Co-op – friendly helpful customer service, fully stocked licensed supermarket. Open until 10pm most days.
Abbey Wines – fine wines from around the world and the best Scottish Whisky.
Maid by Marion – ice cream, cakes and all the specialist baking bits you might need.
Simply Delicious – Orkney ice cream and home made tablet and cakes. Also stocks a range of Emma Bridgewater Pottery.
Boots the Chemist
J Holmes Wilson Opticians – an opticians but also an amazing selection of binoculars, telescopes, barometers, barographs, thermometers, altimeters, anemometers & rain gauges, compasses, map measures, pedometers and beginners microscopes.
Banks – Royal Bank of Scotland.
Sports, Books, Clothing, & Crafts
Hardie’s Bikes – bike hire, bikes to buy, bike bits and repairs.
Masons of Melrose – a huge selection of books to suit any taste and age along with a great selection of cards.
Sarah Thomson – classic and trendy womenswear, selling Brax, Karen Cole, and Jackpot.
Twelve – a stylish boutique stocking a beautiful selection of designer clothes.
The Crafters – local craft co-operative with an ever changing array of gifts, all made locally.
Home & Garden
Hendersons Home & Garden – unusual and vintage and second hand pieces for the garden, from large eagles covered with lichen to cast iron pigs; vintage stone troughs to decorative plant supports and obelisks.
Holmes of Melrose – a wide selection of cookware and tableware.
Michael Vee Design – interior design and soft furnishings.
The Fabric Shop – an extensive selection of fabrics for fashion and patchwork.
Lyndoch Antiques – packed with an eclectic mix of lighting, furniture, paintings, jewellery and antiques.
And many more..