Woodside Walled Garden
Owners Stephen and Emma Emerson took over the established Woodside Walled Garden in 2011. Already owners of a trade nursery in Kelso, which Stephen concentrates, Emma lovingly tends Woodside. Built on a south facing slope it was originally the fruit garden for the nearby Monteviot House www.monteviot.com and is still home to some of the original apple trees. As well as a plant centre, stocked from their own nursery, there is the Birdhouse Tea Room, a Kitchen Garden, Garden Shop filled with all the stuff gardeners need and a Homes for Wildlife garden in association with the RSPB. There is no charge for just enjoying the garden and plenty or room for the children to run about and explore. If you still need to burn off some energy the walk to the nearby Waterloo Monument on Peneilheugh will certainly do the trick. Here’s a route for a walk to the Waterloo Monument on Peneilheugh.
Throughout the year there are many events for both children and adults to participate in. Check the website for Wee Woodsiders days, photography, art classes, gardening, building a home for wildlife, basket making and making a wreath for Christmas.
Birdhouse Tea Room
The award winning cafe, serves great scones – possibly the best in the Borders . All the food is home made, with produce from the kitchen garden and their own jams and chutneys. Its a lovely place to have a light meal, coffee and cake or afternoon tea sitting outside in the sun under a parasol. The cafe has a log burner for the colder days always the birds that are the star attraction. Try remembering all their names – if you get stuck there are leaflets and books to help you out.
Guest Chef Sukie Barber
Former Rural Scottish Chef of the Year, Sukie Barber cooks a delicious three course set menu (£30), once a month. Her own restaurant won the Visit Scotland ‘Flavour of Scotland’ award and the Good Food Guide ‘ Restaurant of the Year. Her meals have been described as “superb”, “delicious” and “like home-cooking with knobs on!” She uses ethically sourced ingredients and seasonal vegetables, mostly from the Woodside garden. The bread is always home made and smoked items on the menu are all smoked in her own home-smoker. Check the dates on the website and call Emma on 01835 830315 to book.
How to find Woodside
Woodside Plant Centre & Birdhouse Tearoom, Woodside Walled Garden, Nr Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6TU.
Situated just off the A68, north of Jedburgh, and is easily accessible from all the Border towns. From the A68, at the turning almost opposite the road to Ancrum, take the B6400 (signposted to Nisbet) and take the left turn after about 800m and follow the signs. There is a free carpark.
- 9am to 5pm March to October
- 10am to 4pm November to February
- Closed Christmas and Boxing Day, New Years Day and January 2nd