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The ultimate fine dining restaurant guide for the Scottish Borders

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Our favourite Restaurants around Melrose

As a Melrose B&B host, the most asked questions of my guests are circling around food. From "When is breakfast?" to "Can you recommend somewhere nice to eat?" - all attention is focused on enhancing their stay by choosing the right dining experience.

We are spoilt for choice in the Scottish Borders and therefore it really depends on your taste of where to go.

Here are our favourites for fine dining in the Melrose area:

A Dish served at The Hoebridge in the Scottish Borders

The Hoebridge:

A firm favourite for our guests who really appreciate fine dining. The experience starts with a wonderful welcome of possibly the best front of house, Kyle (one of the owners), who will guide you through the menu choices and is brilliant in recommending the right wines.

The Hoebridge's seasonal menu is small and exquisite with exceptional taste combinations - everything we ever ordered has surpassed our expectations and has been very well presented. We particularly like the creative starter choices that never fail to impress. The restaurant is tastefully decorated (we love their wine display :-) ) and the service is great.

A great choice for a special evening out. Michelin recommended 2023.

A Dish served at Provender in the Scottish Borders


Spoilt for choice might be the right header for Provender's menu. The restaurant is nestled off the High Street in Melrose and consistently delights us and our guests. It features a restaurant and bar lobby and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The food is delicious and often inspired by French cooking. The variety of seafood, meat and vegetarian menu options make it hard to decide what to choose but never fail to hit the spot . The dishes are beautifully presented and service is attentive. Our guests particularly like the creative and very tasty vegetarian options. In 2023, Provender has been awarded a Michelinguide Bib Gourmand for the 4th year running.

A Dish served at Seasons in the Scottish Borders


The small restaurant in Gattonside is a definite winner for having a delicious evening meal out. With only a few tables in a lovely cosy environment and good service, Seasons is the perfect restaurant for an intimate occasion.

Specialising in local seafood and game, it is well known for its wonderful cuisine. Lobster, my favourite, is frequently on the menu, although on our last visit Roger wowed us with the most amazing roe deer we have ever eaten (and that coming from an Austrian with a deer stalker as a father is the highest praise we can offer).

As Seasons is only open on Fridays and Saturdays for evening dining, early table reservations are essential.

I hope our Melrose restaurant reviews inspires you to try out our fabulous restaurants in the Scottish Borders and we will continue with more reviews in our next blog.

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